Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on December 27, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:
RONDA RENEE BIRD, a 27-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, BIRD faces possible penalties of 8 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Montana Highway Patrol.
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.