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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 4, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

CURTIS RAY EDER, a 22-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of first and second degree murder. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, EDER faces possible penalties of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori H. Suek is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

JASON JAY McLEOD appeared on a charge of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, McLEOD faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. Thaggard is the prosecutor for the United States.

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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