2 Accused of Burning, Strangling Woman on Crow Reservation

Victim has been identified by family members as RoyLynn Rides Horse

By Molly Priddy

BILLINGS — Authorities have charged two people in the vicious assault of a woman who was beaten, strangled and set on fire on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation.

DiMarzio Sanchez and Angelica Jo Whiteman appeared separately Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Billings before Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby on charges of assault with intent to commit murder. They did not enter pleas.

The victim has been identified by family members as RoyLynn Rides Horse.

FBI Special Agent Aaron Christensen says in a court affidavit that Rides Horse was at the Kirby Saloon in Kirby late on April 17 and got a ride home with the defendants.

Following an argument, Christensen says the two defendants beat and attempted to strangle the Rides Horse, then doused her with gasoline and set her on fire in a field east of Crow Agency.


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