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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 28, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on October 26, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

ANGELA R. LITTLE, a 19-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. LITTLE is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, LITTLE faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release on each charge. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division.

JAMES DUANE SMITH, a 38-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. SMITH is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SMITH faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division.

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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