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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 27, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 27, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

ROY FIGHTING BEAR, JR., a 41-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on a charge of being a habitual domestic violence offender. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, FIGHTING BEAR faces possible penalties of 5 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

KRISTI JUNE SMITH, a 53-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. She is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, SMITH 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. Attorney James E. Seykora is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.

DAVID LEE SIMS, a 55-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and possession of an unregistered firearm. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, SIMS 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. Attorney James E. Seykora is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.

COLEN JAMES GIBSON, a 31-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, GIBSON faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.

LISA ANNE MARTINEZ, a 30-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school. She is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, MARTINEZ faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 80 years, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 8 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.

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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