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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on June 23, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

KAYLA DAWN ROUNDSTONE, a 19-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on a charge of theft. She is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, ROUNDSTONE 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 conducted by the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.

DOUGLAS PIERCE, a 57-year-old resident of Sidney, appeared on a charge of mail fraud. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, PIERCE faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan M. Archer is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service.

RUBIN C. RUNS ABOVE, a 22-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared on a charge of attempted sexual abuse of a minor. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, RUNS ABOVE faces possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime 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.

 

 

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