June 15, 2021 2 min read


Montana Robber Who Beheaded Casino Patron Receives 65 Years in Prison

Donald Ray Cherry, 34, was sentenced to 65 years in prison for killing Myron Wesley Knight. The crime dates back to 2017, when Cherry together with Jeffery Glen Haverty, killed and beheaded Knight at a campsite near a casino in Billings, Montana.

Montana Resident Receives 65-Year Prison Sentence

Montana resident was sentenced to 65 years in prison for deliberate homicide last week. The 34-year old Donald Ray Cherry was sentenced to 65 years in prison for killing Myron Wesley Knight back in 2017. He entered into a no-contest plea agreement for deliberate homicide.

Last week, Cherry was handed his prison sentence in Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, Montana. Under the agreement, Cherry will serve his prison sentence and the Court will dismiss his other offenses. He is expected to serve his sentence in Montana State Prison.

The second suspect, involved in the killing of Knight also received a hefty prison sentence. The 37-year old Jeffery Glen Haverty was sentenced to 50 years in prison in relation to Knight’s murder.

The Victim Was Killed and Beheaded at a Campsite near a Casino

Back in 2017, the two men were regular clients at Lil’s Casino in Billings. Knight was also a regular client of the casino and he knew both Cherry and Haverty. After meeting Knight on October 26, 2017, the two men murdered him at a campsite near the casino.

Medical examinations found that Knight was likely killed with a hatchet, and his body was found decapitated near the campsite. Knight’s head was wrapped in a towel and hidden under leaves about 30 feet away from his body. Reportedly, the man was still alive when Cherry and Haverty started the decapitation.

Although Knight had won some $120 at the casino that day, reportedly, he left the sum with a casino employee. Furthermore, the man also shared that he fears that he may be robbed. Reportedly, Knight had only $6 with him on the night of his murder.

Elsewhere, with the restart of the US economy, the criminal activity restarted as well. Since more restrictions are being lifted, casinos are having a rough COVID-19 rebound, trying to deal with several high-profile crimes. Last week multiple crimes linked to casinos in New Jersey and Las Vegas kept law enforcement officers busy.


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