A Staples man, Zachary Billman, 29, has been charged with a felony fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, violating a no contact order and obstructing the legal process for an incident occurring Sept. 23.
According to the criminal complaint:
Officers from the Mille Lacs Tribal Police and the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s office were dispatched to the Grand Casino in Mille Lacs County on a report of a domestic in progress at the hotel.
When officers and deputies made contact with Billman in the hotel, Billman became aggressive and uncooperative and appeared to be under the influence.
Billman had previously been served with a domestic abuse no contact order (DANCO).
Law enforcement confirmed the existence of the DANCO and found Billman had multiple warrants for his arrest.
Billman physically resisted law enforcement when he was placed inside a squad vehicle, kicking the doors when he was placed inside.
Billman also spit in a Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Deputy’s face as the deputy buckled Billman’s seat belt.
Saliva and chewing tobacco were observed on the deputy’s cheek, chin and uniform.
During this time, Billman said he was going to make the deputy’s family “pay” and told the deputy that he had a firearm. No firearm was found on Billman by law enforcement.
Billman has two prior domestic violence related convictions, including a second-degree assault in 2012 and a DANCO violation in 2016.
The fourth-degree felony assault of a peace officer charge comes with a maximum prison sentence of three years and/or a $6,000.
A felony violation of a DANCO order has a maximum jail sentence of 30 days to five years and/or a $10,000 fine.
Obstructing the legal process is a gross misdemeanor which has a maximum sentence of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.