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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 24, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

DOUGLAS LORENZO BIXBY, a 34-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on a charge of involuntary manslaughter on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, BIXBY faces possible penalties of 8 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 a cooperative effort between Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

LEMUEL THOMAS "BUTCH" SMALL, age 63, and CHRISTINA PILKINGTON SMALL, age 62, residents of Busby, each appeared on a charge of being a felon-in-possession of firearms. They are currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, they each face 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 a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

JOHN AUSTIN MARONEY, a 24-year-old resident of Livingston, appeared on a charge of escape. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, MARONEY faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.

IGNACIO ZERMENO-REYES, a 42-year-old citizen of Mexico, appeared on a charge of illegal re-entry. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, ZERMENO-REYES faces possible penalties of 2 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 1 year supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.

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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