Wesley Ahtone, 20, of Marietta, Oklahoma, pleaded guiltyWednesdayin United States District Court to assault with a dangerous weapon, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
Ahtone was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 23, 2014.
According to the plea agreement, Ahtone was visiting friends at a home on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
He became involved in a fight with the victim. After the fight had ended, Ahtone went to the kitchen and found a knife which he used to stab the victim four times in the back.
The victim underwent surgery at Portneuf Medical Center to save his life. The victim has since recovered.
The charge of assault with a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
Ahtone is scheduled to be sentenced onJanuary 20, 2016, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
The case was investigated by the Fort Hall Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Information Provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office