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Informational: Federal Court Arraignment

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 1, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individual was arraigned:

WILLIAM MICHAEL LAPP, JR., a 36-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of robbery affecting commerce, possession of a stolen firearm, use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, LAPP faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. In addition, LAPP faces the possibility of an additional mandatory seven year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The defendant pled not guilty to the charges.

The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and any person named as a defendant is 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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