Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 1, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby , the following individual was arraigned:
RODRICK D. GANT, a 23-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of four counts of making false statements. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, GANT faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Zink is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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.