SUPERIOR – The security detail on hand for Wednesday's arraignment of a man accused of choke-slamming a 13-year-old boy who did not remove his hat for the national anthem what unusually heavy, but little of this case is usual for small-town Montana.
Curt Brockway and his defense attorney left the courtroom on fire escape under law enforcement's watch. Sheriff Mike Boone had the entrance to the courtroom before the hearing began. Brockway pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to assault the boy.
Brockway pleaded not guilty. The story of the politically-charged assault sparked outrage across the country ̵
Boone said the beefed-up security detail was in check, but it was due to "nasty messages" that had left for court officials since allegations of Brockway's assault broke online. Sixteen law enforcement officers were present Wednesday. Montana Highway Patrol and Montana Fish, County Hall for the hearing, as well as the County Hall for the hearing.
"Boone told the Missoulian."
Indeed, Mineral County Attorney Ellen Donohue said in an email on Wednesday that her office had received 40 calls and emails from individuals throughout the country ,
"The alleged assault on a teenager by a 39-year-old male here in Superior," Donohue said. "However, there were a number of hostile and inappropriate emails and voicemails."
None of the correspondences to the Mineral County Attorney's Office a basic understanding of the judicial process in the United States, "Donohue said.
At the town's fair on Aug. 3, Brockway told deputies he had grabbed the boy by the neck, lifted him off the ground and threw him back down head-first, according to charging documents. He'd told the boy to remove his has because it was disrespectful while the 13-year-old said, "(expletive) you," Brockway told deputies.
The Brockway family's "Lance Jasper, Brockway's defense attorney, said after the hearing.
Megan Keeler, the teenager's mother, is interviewed while the case is still ongoing.
Mineral County District Court Judge John Larson reimposed Brockway's probation stemming from a 2010 assault case in which he pulled a gun on a backyard during a dispute on a back road. In February, Brockway had successfully petitioned the judge to release him from that trial for good behavior.
The 39-year-old Superior Man, a Army veteran with a traumatic brain injury sustained in a car crash in 2000, President Donald Trump's repeated railing against those who disrespect the US, believed to be the boy in the name of patriotism, Jasper told the Missoulian last week.
Western Montanans do not need to look too far for examples of the president's rhetoric. Trump was stumping in Missoula for Republican candidate less than a year ago when he praised U.S. House Rep. Greg Gianforte for his infamous body slam of a reporter in 2017.
Brockway suffered a fractured skull
The national news outlets descending upon Superior, as well as the lockdown of the courthouse, are both incongruent in this town.
"It's a quiet little town, "Tim Van Buren said over his lunch at the Whipped Up Cafe on Wednesday. "If someone has cancer, someone wants to mow their yard for them. If someone needs wood, someone wants to bring them some wood.