By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
A man accused of strangling a friend and holding him at knifepoint while sharing a trailer at Yellowstone National Park has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.
Gregory Michael Samuel Toth pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with intent to commit a felony and was sentenced Monday to 44 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal.
According to court records, Toth was arrested on Oct. 1 after a man identified only as “EF” reported he had been assaulted by Toth in the trailer the two shared at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone.
According to court documents, EF said Toth had just been released from jail on allegations he kidnapped and assaulted an ex-girlfriend and EF vouched for Toth so he could get a job with a construction company doing work in the park. He added he had known Toth for 32 years.
EF said Toth began acting strangely on Sept. 30 and added when he and a friend went to shop in Cody, Toth began calling him to accuse him of having an affair with Toth’s ex-girlfriend.
EF returned to trailer, the records said, and early the next morning, Toth forced his way into the trailer, threw EF to the ground and began choking him. Toth then put a knife to EF’s throat several times, saying he would kill EF.
EF escaped from Toth by running toward a friend’s pickup truck when Toth left him exit the trailer.
Toth was arrested several hours later at Fishing Bridge.
Toth was initially charged with six counts, including kidnapping and possession of marijuana, but he pleaded guilty to the lone charge of assault with intent to commit a felony.