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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on June 28, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

RONALD JASON SCHNEIDER, age 39, and SUSAN ELLEN FASSLER, age 42, residents of Great Falls, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. They are currently detained. If convicted of these charges, they each face 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 Joseph E. Thaggard is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Great Falls Police Department.

PATRICK LAVERDURE, JR., a 32-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, LAVERDURE faces possible penalties of life years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division.

FREDERICK DEMARRIAS, JR., a 65-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on a charge of abusive sexual contact. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, DEMARRIAS faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division.

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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