Man denies hitting sister at her wedding reception

The Associated PressSeptember 30, 2010 

BOZEMAN, Mont. – A 31-year-old Three Forks man accused of hitting his pregnant sister in the mouth with a wrench during her wedding reception has pleaded not guilty. David J. Sicotte appeared in District Court on Wednesday on charges of assault with a weapon, a felony, and disorderly conduct.

Prosecutors said he arrived at the reception uninvited Aug. 27, pushed his sister's new mother-in-law to the ground and started fighting with the groom. Witnesses said Sicotte later came at his sister with the wrench.

The bride told police she slapped her intoxicated brother and he responded by hitting her in the mouth with the wrench.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that Judge John Brown told Sicotte on Wednesday that while he is out on bail he is not allowed to drink alcohol, enter a bar or come within 300 feet of the home where the alleged attack occurred.

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