Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on August 11, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:
LEVI MICHAEL CARLBERG, a 35-year-old resident of Libby, appeared on charges of theft of government property and damage to government property. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, CARLBERG faces possible penalties of 1 year in prison, a $100,000 fine and 1 year supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Forest Service - Law Enforcement and Investigations Division.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charges.
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.