Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on April 27, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
GEORGE VICTOR MORRIS, a 59-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, MORRIS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lori Harper Suek and Jessica T. Fehr are the prosecutors for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the City-County Special Investigation Unit in Billings and the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.
JINNY FAITH YELLOWMULE, age 25, and OTTO RAYMOND WHITE, age 21, residents of Crow Agency, appeared on charges of burglary/aiding and abetting. They are currently detained. If convicted of these charges, they each face possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $50,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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.