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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 20, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

SKYE BRUNS, age 23, and MICHAEL FILE, age 33, residents of Cody, Wyoming, appeared on charges of robbery affecting commerce. FILE is also charged with use of a firearm during a crime of violence. They are currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, they each face possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. In addition, FILE faces the possibility of an additional mandatory seven year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

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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