Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on April 21, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
JOSE RODRIGUEZ-MURILLO, age 34, MIGUEL SANTOS-MIJANGOS, age 33, JUAN VARGAS-FLORES, age 30, residents of Bozeman and citizens of Mexico, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine. They are currently detained. If convicted of these charges, they each face possible penalties of a minimum mandatory 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
ELMER YARLOTT, JR., a 54-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, YARLOTT faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
DWAYNE DIETZ, a 66-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of social security fraud. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, DIETZ faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Inspector General's Office for the Social Security Administration.
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.