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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 28, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

ANDREW THOMAS SWAGER, a 43-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SWAGER faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

KENNETH PURCELL, a 23-year-old resident of Butte, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a user/addict of a controlled substance. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, PURCELL faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release. . Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

JAMES REES EDER appeared on a charge of burglary. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, EDER 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 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.

 

 

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