Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
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 individual was arraigned:
HUGH CLARENCE RIDGLEY, a 24-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of robbery affecting commerce and use of a firearm during a crime of violence. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, RIDGLEY faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. In addition, RIDGLEY faces the possibility of an additional mandatory 5 year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Havre Police Department, and the Great Falls Police Department.
The defendant 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.