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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 25, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

PATRICK CHARLES NIMOCKS, a 36-year-old resident of Piltzville, appeared on a charge of receipt of child pornography. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, NIMOCKS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Missoula County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.

KONNAR HAYES PURSELL, a 22-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on a charge of receipt of child pornography. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, PURSELL faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Missoula County Sheriff's Office, the Missoula Police Department and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.

CALVIN SKELTON, a 35-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of robbery affecting commerce, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SKELTON faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release. In addition, SKELTON faces the possibility of an additional mandatory seven year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott 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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