By AJ Etherington
BILLING, Montana (Billings Gazette) – A Billings man was charged with attempted murder Monday after his mother was found stabbed to death at her Heights home early Saturday morning.
Jonah Dean Bergman, 29, was charged in Yellowstone County District Court following a Billings Police investigation into his stabbing to death of his mother, Cynthia Ann Cook, 67, early Saturday. Bergman is expected to be scheduled Tuesday morning and has yet to have a chance to respond to the allegations.
The BPD first became interested in Bergman around 6:30 a.m. Saturday after a call from a Main Street hotel reported that he was allegedly an intrusive drunk, according to reports court documents. By the time police responded, Bergman had also been reported at a nearby gas station, where he was reported to be acting strangely and had blood on his shirt. A gas station employee told Bergman police, “bought a pack of cigarettes, stole a lighter and walked out of the store.”
Officers met Bergman further north on Main Street near block 700. After stopping him and asking if he had just come from a gas station, Bergman replied, “Yes. I agree?” Blood was all over his shirt and hands.
According to the indictment documents, when police asked where the blood was coming from, Bergman replied: “I just stabbed and killed my mother.”
The police immediately handcuffed Bergman. Police said Bergman “expressed no emotion and had a look of amazement on his face.”
Using Bergman’s identification card, BPD officers discovered his address and went to the home to investigate. After there was no answer at the door, officers looked through the window and checked the back door, where they found what looked like blood on the porch, according to toll documents.
Through the window, they saw a woman lying face down with blood on her face. Nearby was a kitchen knife.
The officers asked their backers to hurry and enter the house. After finding no one else inside, they examined the woman for signs of life, but she died from multiple stab wounds. Signs of a struggle were evident throughout the house, the documents noted.
Police later learned the woman was Bergman’s mother, Cynthia Cook. She stayed at home with only her son.
While officers scoured the vicinity and secured the scene, Bergman was taken to City Hall and taken into the interview room. After he appeared confrontational and attempted to break free from his handcuffs, officers collected physical evidence from him and took him to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.
If convicted, Bergman could face the death penalty, life in prison, or at least 10 years or up to 100 years in prison.
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