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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 15, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 14, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

KEVIN DEVEREAUX, a 47-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, DEVEREAUX faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

RONALD GLENN KEISER, III, a 37-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on (2) counts of involuntary manslaughter. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, KEISER faces possible penalties of 8 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release on each count. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

THOMAS CHARLES MARC HEAVY RUNNER, a 21-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to first and second degree murder. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, HEAVY RUNNER faces possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica A. Betley and Laura B. Weiss are the prosecutors for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

BIVIAN MERCADO III, a 39-year-old resident of Fort Collins, Colorado, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, and distribution of cocaine. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, MERCADO 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. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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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