Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on March 23, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
NATHAN LONG SIOUX, SR., a 24-year-old resident of Busby, appeared on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, LONG SIOUX faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
DAVID ARTHUR SIEVERS, a 41-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of attempted coercion and enticement and attempted transfer of obscene material to minors. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SIEVERS faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lewistown Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Billings Police Department.
MITCHELL JOHN ROMERSA, a 49-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on bankruptcy and wire fraud charges. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, ROMERSA faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Archer is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Secret Service.
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.