Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 17, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:
PRESTON KEITH JACKSON, SR., a 23-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on a charge of burglary within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, JACKSON faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $50,000 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 Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division.
JONATHAN ALEXANDER HEADCARRIER, a 21-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on a charge of abusive sexual contact within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, HEADCARRIER faces possible penalties of a minimum of 30 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $250,000 fine and 5 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.