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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 23, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 22, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

JOSEPH DEAN LIRA, a 38-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and use or carry and possession of firearm in relation to and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, LIRA faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of five years to forty years in prison, a $4,000,000 fine and at least four years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Billings Police Department and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

QUINCY WOODENLEGS, a 25-year-old resident of Busby, appeared on a charge of abusive sexual contact. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, WOODENLEGS faces possible penalties of up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years up to lifetime supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

DARLON RICHARD LEFTHAND, a 24-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on a charge of felony child abuse and neglect. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, LEFTHAND faces possible penalties of ten years in prison, a $50,000 fine and three years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Vincent Carroll is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

EVA F. BULLTAIL, a 23-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on a charge of felony child abuse and neglect. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, BULLTAIL faces possible penalties of ten years in prison, a $50,000 fine and three years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Vincent Carroll is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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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