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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 1, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

JOSHUA JOHN SWIGUT, a 24-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared on a charge of bank robbery. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, SWIGUT faces possible penalties of 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

SHAWN PATRICK MALARKY, a 33-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of robbery and the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, MALARKY faces possible penalties of 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. In addition, MALAEKY faces the possibility of an additional mandatory seven 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 Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

JOSEPH LEE BEITH, a 54-year-old resident of Oregon, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, BEITH faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $4,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations.

GARY LEE SHEFFIELD, a 50-year-old resident of Butte, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, SHEFFIELD faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by 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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