Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on June 1, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
NOLAN ARTHUR FISHER, a 25-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana and distribution of cocaine and marijuana. He is currently detained on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, FISHER faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora is the prosecutor for the United States.The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.
DENNIS SALOIS, a resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and sexual abuse of a minor. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SALOIS faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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.