Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 9, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
CORNELIUS LITTLE NEST, a 50-year-old resident of Hardin, appeared on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, LITTLE NEST faces possible penalties of 10 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.
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.