Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 22, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
TEISHA NICOLE WEST, a 24-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery. She is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, WEST faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. In addition, WEST faces an additional mandatory five years to life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for the possession of a firearm in furtherance a violent crime.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assisting in the investigation were the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Billings Police Department, and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office. Assisting in the arrests in this investigation was the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force.
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.