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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 25, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 25, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

NATALIE JEANNE WILLIS, age 54, SHAUNA WILLIS, age 29, and CHARLES LEE HAMAN, age 36, residents of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and oxycontin. They are currently released on special conditions. If convicted, they each face possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

ARMUND BULL TAIL, a 21-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, BULL TAIL faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek 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.

COURTNEY MARIE BATEY, a 30-year-old resident of Hysham, appeared on a charge of bank embezzlement. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, BATEY faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan M. Archer is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

DAMEON BOOTH, a 22-year-old resident of Louisiana, appeared on charges of receipt of a firearm while under indictment for a felony crime and possession of a stolen firearm. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, BOOTH faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Zink is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Billings Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

CARL MILLARD, age 50, appeared on a charge of possession of a firearm not registered in National Firearms Registration, a Continental Arms Co. 12 gauge shotgun, not serialized, with a barrel length of less than 18 inches. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, MILLARD faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Zink is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Yellowstone 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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