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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 29, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 29, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

NICHOLAS GUARDIPEE, a 22-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury which occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, GUARDIPEE faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

MICHAEL RAY AIMS BACK, a 27-year-old resident of Heart Butte, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon which occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, AIMS BACK faces possible penalties of 10 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 conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

JERRY HEROLD MIDDLE RIDER, a 56-year-old transient, appeared on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury which occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, MIDDLE RIDER faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

LAMONTE CHARLES MOULTRAY, JR., a 32-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of bank fraud and making false statements. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, MOULTRAY faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.

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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