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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 23, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on June 21, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

MICHAEL BRYANT, JR., a 48-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on a charge of domestic assault by a habitual offender. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, BRYANT faces possible penalties of 5 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 a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

DONALD CHARLES RAPOS, a 52-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on a charge of attempted robbery. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, RAPOS faces possible penalties of 15 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation.

MICHAEL JAMES LONG, a 49-year-old resident of Saunders, appeared on a charge of influencing federal officials by threat. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, LONG faces possible penalties of 6 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security - Federal Protective Services.

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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