Browning man pleads guilty to murder, kidnapping on Blackfeet Reservation

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A Browning man admitted Tuesday to killing a man and holding a woman hostage at knifepoint on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Jason Avery Mattson, 30, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping at a hearing in U.S. District Court. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris scheduled Mattson’s sentencing for June 24.

Morris could sentence Mattson to a maximum of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. Mattson was detained prior to sentencing.

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Mattson was arrested after he called Blackfeet Law Enforcement services on March 10, 2020, and told them he’d killed a man and told dispatchers he had a knife and gun, according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney

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