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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 29, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

RYAN JAMES HEADDEN, a 29-year-old resident of Phoenix, Arizona, appeared on charges of wire fraud, theft from an Indian tribal organization and interstate transport of stolen property. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, HEADDEN faces possible penalties of 20 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation.

CLIFFORD WAYNE GRANBOIS, a 28-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He is currently detained on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, GRANBOIS 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 conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

JOSCAYNE WALES LITTLE BEAR DENNY, a 29-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of attempted aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact. DENNY is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, DENNY faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebekah J. French is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

TERRENA LYNN BLACKMAN, a 25-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of theft from an Indian tribal organization, theft from tribal government receiving federal monies, and theft from a healthcare facility. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, BLACKMAN 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 conducted by the Blackfeet Tribe Internal Affairs 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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