Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on April 4, 2011, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, the following individual was arraigned:
TONI LYNN ARCOREN, a 30-year-old resident of Rosebud, South Dakota, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. She is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, ARCOREN 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 Lori H. Suek is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.
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.