Posted: Oct 8, 2013 3:02 PM by Victoria Fregoso - MTN News
BILLINGS - A Billings man who is accused of assaulting two nuns now faces six more charges in addition to the three filed this past summer.
Christopher Pine, 32, faces three felony counts of robbery, one felony count of intimidation and three felony counts of deceptive practices.
He also faces two misdemeanor counts including criminal destruction or tampering with communication device and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Pine appeared before Yellowstone County District Court Judge Russell Fagg by video Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty to all eight counts.
The county also requested a D.N.A. swab from Pine.
Court documents say that Pine assaulted two nuns in a west end home on Gregory Drive on Aug. 14, possibly gaining access into the home with a pry bar.
Sister Mary Maronick, 90, awoke to find Pine repeatedly striking Sister Clara Sherr, 79.Maronick told police she heard Sherr pray to God when Pine said "God won't help you tonight."
When Maronick stepped in to intervene, she too was knocked down to the floor and repeatedly struck.
Between the two women, the assault lasted between five to 10 minutes.
Throughout the assault, Pine demanded a "code." Not immediately knowing what he meant, Maronick eventually gave Pine the first four numbers of her credit card.
Pine was arrested on Aug. 16 when detectives saw him in a stolen vehicle from a separate home invasion and assault case on 11th Street West.
At that time, he was also in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and a baggie with white residue.
Yellowstone Deputy County Attorney Julie Mees says that Pine's prior felony convictions date back to 2000, including an escape charge in 2005.
A trial date has been set for Dec. 9, 2013. Pine is currently being held on a $250,000 bond in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.