A Bozeman man was sentenced to five years in the Montana State Prison with two years of probation for assaulting and kidnapping his sister last year.

Daniel Heetderks, 55, was also ordered to register as a violent offender upon his release. Heetderks was given credit for 354 days he served in the Gallatin County jail.

Heetderks appeared in Gallatin County District Court on Tuesday before Judge Holly Brown.

Heetderks was charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, kidnapping, partner or family member assault and destruction or tampering with a communication device to obstruct, prevent or interfere. He entered an Alford plea to the charges in May.

Heetderks can apply for a sentence review with the Montana Supreme Court. The high court could either increase, decrease or affirm Brown’s sentence.

A year ago, Heetderks’ sister reported that he kicked her legs until she fell to the ground, according to charging documents. She said Heetderks continued kicking her and forced her into a bathroom where he berated her and called her obscene names.

Police said in charging documents that the woman was held in the bathroom for about an hour.

At one point, the woman told police that Heetderks held a gun to her head and told her he was going to kill her and himself.

Police said the woman hit Heetderks in the head and ran to her car. Heetderks chased the woman, and tried to pull her out of the car while continuing to hit her, the woman said.

Gallatin County sheriff’s deputies arrested Heetderks later that day.

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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