Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 12, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individual was arraigned:
SEIVERT DAYDRILL RUNNING CRANE, a 23-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to commit theft from an Indian tribal organization. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, he faces possible penalties of 10 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 a cooperative effort between the Inspector General's Office for the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Blackfeet Internal Affairs Division.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.
The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and any person named as a defendant is 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.