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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 26, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 26, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

JESSE JAMES EDWARDS, a 38-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, EDWARDS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States. DOUGLAS EDWARD HEATH, a 47-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on charges of conspiracy to methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, HEATH faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

BEVERLEY PAULINE IRON PIPE-BEGAY, a 40-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of theft of federal property by fraud and social security disability fraud. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, she faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General.

THOMPSON DENSMORE ST. PIERRE, a 21-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on a charge of theft. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, ST. PIERRE faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael T. Wolfe is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

BRIAN ALLEN SCHWEITZER, a 32-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on a charge of failure to register as a sexual offender. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, SCHWEITZER faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.

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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