Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on February 17, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:
SUMMER JEAN LYNN FETTERS, a 33-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of theft of federal property by fraud and federal food stamp assistance fraud. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, FETTERS faces possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
PETER THOMPSON, a resident of Missoula, appeared on a charge of bank robbery. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, THOMPSON faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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.