“Ugly Bxxxxxxd isn’t he, have you noticed all animal abusers are ugly? I know where I would like to use the scissors on him!!”

A 22-year-old Billings man is accused of choking his girlfriend and beating her with a rock and, in a separate incident, stomping on the woman‘s kitten and stabbing it with scissors.

Thomas Joseph Godwin

Thomas Joseph Godwin appeared Wednesday in Justice Court by video from the county jail on felony charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and aggravated animal cruelty.

Judge Larry Herman set bond at $100,000 and ordered Godwin to appear in District Court for arraignment on Monday.

Herman set the high bond amount after a prosecutor said the allegations against Godwin involve extreme violence, he recently moved to Montana and has a misdemeanor criminal record that includes assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

According to prosecutors, the animal cruelty charge stems from an incident on Aug. 31. Police were called to an apartment on Fallow Lane at 5 a.m. where they spoke with a 45-year-old woman identified in court records by the initials P.J.

P.J. told officers that Godwin had been drinking and was trying to give her 4-month-old kitten, Jasmine, some medication when the kitten bit his finger. The woman said Godwin threw the kitten against a wall, stomped on it and then stabbed the kitten with scissors.

The kitten required veterinary surgery for its injuries.

In the second case, prosecutors said Godwin was arrested by officers Saturday when they were called to the same apartment on Fallow Lane at about 1:50 p.m.

P.J. told officers that she and Godwin had been in an argument because he had been drinking while on mental health medications. During the argument, she said, Godwin attacked her and choked her until she passed out.

The woman said that when she regained consciousness, Godwin was still grasping her neck and began striking her in the head with a large rock. The woman said she grabbed Godwin by the groin to make him stop, then called 911.

Prosecutors said P.J. was treated at St. Vincent Healthcare where she received staples to close a gash on her head.

Godwin allegedly told officers that P.J. was attacked by a “large Native American” who ran away when Godwin pushed him.

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