Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 6, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, the following individuals were arraigned:
AARON WAYDE BESTON, a 22-year-old resident of Wolf Point, and KENNETH DEVEREAUX, a 19-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of voluntary manslaughter and second degree murder. They are currently detained. If convicted of these charges, they each face possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division.
The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.
The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and all persons named as defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial conference and a trial date will be set and the United States will be required to prove the allegations set forth in the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.