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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on June 15, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

TONYA PATRICE THOMAS, a 39-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of bank fraud and identity theft. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, THOMAS faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release for bank fraud. In addition, THOMAS faces an additional mandatory two year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for aggravated identity theft. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

JOHN JOSEPH MONROE, a 36-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, MONROE faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 1 year in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 6 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Blackfeet Safe Trails Drug Task Force.

DEVIN HALL, a 20-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on (8) charges of burglary. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, HALL faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division.

LAWRENCE ERIC SHORT, a 38-year-old resident of Fort Shaw, appeared on a charge of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, SHORT faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kory Larsen is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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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