A man accused of assaulting a 13-year-old boy in Montana after the boy wouldn't remove his hat during the national anthem at a rodeo pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of assault on a minor
A man accused of assaulting a 13-year-old boy in Montana after the boy wouldn't remove his hat during the national anthem at a rodeo pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of assault on a minor.(CNN) Curt James Brockway, wearing jeans and a short-sleeved plaid shirt, stood with his hands behind his back and looked intently at the judge during the short morning hearing at Mineral County Court in the town of Superior.Judge John Larson reinstated Brockway's probationary supervision from a previous conviction, meaning Brockway must stay at home with a GPS monitor -- with the exceptions of visits with doctors and his attorney, and court appearances -- and regularly check in with a probation officer.Brockway, 39, is next scheduled to appear for a court hearing on October 23.Curt James Brockway appears in court on Wednesday morning.The boy suffered a concussion and a fractured skull, court documents sayRead MoreBrockway was arrested on suspicion of assaulting the boy August 3 during a rodeo at the Mineral County Fairgrounds in Superior.Brockway told police the boy was wearing a hat as the national anthem began, and he asked him to remove it because it was disrespectful to wear it during the anthem, but the boy responded by saying"f*** you," according to an affidavit filed in court.Brockway said he then grabbed the boy by his throat, lifted him into the air, before slamming the boy into the ground, the affidavit said. According to the affidavit, witnesses confirmed most of Brockway's description of events, but one woman said she did not hear him ask the boy to take off his hat.The child had blood coming from his ears, a concussion and a fractured skull, the affidavit said.He was airlifted to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane, Washington, according to the document.The child's mother, Megan Keeler, told CNN affiliate KPAX that she received a phone call shortly after dropping off her son at the fairgrounds to tell her that he was being taken to a local hospital."Dude come up and grabbed him by his neck, picked him up and threw him to the ground head first," Keeler told KPAX."There was no exchange -- nothing! He targeted (her son) and took him down," she added.Probation relates to 2011 assault convictionBrockway was put on probation in 2011 -- and given a suspended 10-year prison sentence -- after being convicted of assault with a weapon. In that case, a prosecutor alleged Brockway had taken out a gun and threatened to shoot three people during a traffic dispute on a narrow road in Mineral County in September 2010, according to court documents.Brockway was put on supervised probation after that conviction, but a petition to end the supervision was later granted in court.During Wednesday's hearing, Larson said he was reinstating that supervision, resulting in the GPS monitoring that Brockway is now subject to.What his attorney says about the rodeo incidentLance Jasper, Brockway's attorney, said last week that his client is a military verteran who has a severe traumatic brain injury and has problems with impulse control. Between that and being a disabled veteran who is"uber patriotic," Jasper said, Brockway is influenced by the rhetoric of President Donald Trump. Referring to times the President has spoken out against athletes and others that kneel or protest during the national anthem and when he suggested possible jail time or loss of citizenship for burning the American flag, Jasper said,"Curt takes that literally and views the President as the commander in chief and when he sees it happening, he feels he needs to do something about it."Jasper said Brockway expressed remorse the child was hurt."He told me 'I guess I messed up because he got hurt. But I'm a patriot,'" Jasper said.Jasper said he intends to present his client's neuropsychological evaluation to the court."Curt says he was given an order from (the) commander in chief to make sure people are patriotic," Jasper said.The maximum sentence for felony assault on a minor, according to a charging document, is five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. CNN's Chris Boyette contributed to this story. Read more: CNN
What a patriot, what a man 👹 Good for the man! That kid has to has to learn! Suspended sentence just watch, this reflects negatively on the POTUS I smell a pardon coming....maybe an assistant directors job. To hurt a child over this yet we have grown men and women who kneel, don’t put their hand over their heart or face the flag. A good lesson for everyone to learn. Correct yourself and no one else. If eveybody did that, there would be no problems.
Like that was better, 😡 What a brave man. Beating down a 13-year old. Proud Magat Coward. The stupidity of US patriots, or any patriots for that matter He should be locked away he's a treat to the public
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Ayy. An Angry, Nazi, White Man. .... Abuse on a minor SMH Sick man! It's more of the same a white person saying or doing something that has nothing to do with him who do he think he is he does not own this country we're is the freedom he wanted to were a hat but don't want to take off a maga hat this people.
Lock him up This guy needs to grow up and act like a man! Now assaulting anyone in any manner that depicts violence is not a patriot. That is a person with issues mental health issues) And the President has been giving the American people a hard time about just this type of news. The flag the song are not who we are. They are Godless.
This is absurd. I'd be offended if someone lit the flag on fire or stomped on it. A legal adult. Ridiculous.... Jussie Smollet staged a fake hate crime over a hat - report that! Yeah welcome to USA. Lunatics every where. Kids are not safe in school , in park ,in churches. Last time they only abuse minor girls now boys too. Where our greatest country in world heading .
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Creep Life in prison Here's hoping this guy faces tougher opposition in the Big House showers... Probably a violent trump fan!! He deserves all five years. If he can't control his impulses maybe he should be medicated. Please tell me no one has reproduced with this loser He better be punished in that red state. Right governor?
This is not national news. What a load of crap is. Clown
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Hope he gets prosecuted to the fullest. 'Merica It's sad that people more and more resort to violence to get their point across. Yet the boy was wrong for not removing his hat for the National Anthem. It's a no win situation. While I understand the man's anger at the kids disrespect, that still gives him no right to put his hands on him
now this is just a stab in the dark...but I bet he voted 4 trump. Dude has white nationalist written all over him. I wonder if he’ll get the same treatment in prison. TSRHG he said it is an unwritten law ... partly because he can not read and write .... that you have to take the hat off Lock him up. Really... not guilty huh? Whites the problem with these people? Ohh I mean what, what’s the problem.
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Lock him up and throw away the key! What next, they going to start beating up the Jehovah's Witnesses for not doing the pledge of allegiance? These jingoistic weirdos are out of control. Lock him up I don’t get why some people can’t mind their own damn business!! Really? Is that patriotic to give a kid a concussion and skull fracture because of your misplaced patriotism into a con man like realDonaldTrump that doesn’t give a damn shit about you anyway…
Well obviously Guilty. But it's clear that and the FakeNewsMedia is creating a great level of frustration after decades of dishonest reporting on so many levels. The fact the they support violence of TheRevAl and AlecBaldwin should be proof enough of their dysfunction. Cult45's finest... christian white ultra-patriot with mental issues.
What a manly MAGA Montana man! A role model for us all. Lock him up. Let’s see what the inmates do to him. What is going on with people today?!? Guess who is promoting the violence like this - realDonaldTrump - imagine how this trauma is going to imact this kid! Hate breeds hate. It also makes people dumb.
mr brockway deserves two to the chest and one to the dome.
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He's guilty of being un-American These people like to pick and choose what constitutional amendments matter to them Next time smoke weed, dude. If he was black he would be in jail and would have already had the shit bear out of him 5 times by now. Kid deserved it, respect the flag or leave !! 'If Trump can grab random pus*y without consequences, I can body-slam random children without them too!' Attitude is a reflection of leadership.
Damn good thing it wasn’t my kid. Dude would have a lot more to worry about than a fractured skull.
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