A Bozeman man was sentenced this week to 10 years in the Montana State Prison, with six years suspended, for beating a downtown hotel clerk after becoming upset with the cost of staying at the hotel.

Christopher William Ogle, 46, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault in April as part of a plea agreement. Ogle was sentenced in Gallatin County District Court Wednesday before Judge John Brown, who also required Ogle register as a violent offender upon his release.

Ogle was trying to get a room at the Element Hotel on Mendenhall Street last October and became angry at the prices, according to charging documents. Ogle, who is related to the hotel owners and was kicked out the previous year after an incident, appeared in surveillance video to struggle with getting his credit card to work.

After being escorted out, Ogle returned and tackled a clerk from behind, kicked him and punched him in the head more than 30 times. The clerk tried getting up, but Ogle shoved him to the ground before leaving.

The clerk was taken Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, prosecutors said, where he was treated for a broken arm, finger and eye socket.

Prosecutors said officers later found Ogle at the Best Western Plus Grantree Inn on North Seventh Avenue. A clerk said Ogle’s hands were covered in blood when he checked in.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.


Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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