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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on October 25, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

DAWSON DEMONTINEY, a 25-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on a charge of involuntary manslaughter which took place within the exterior boundaries of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, DEMONTINEY faces possible penalties of 8 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.

JONSON RUNNING CRANE, age 23, appeared on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury which took place within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, RUNNING CRANE 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.

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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