Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on April 12, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:
KEVIN MICHAEL SHELDON, a 51-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on a charge of receipt of child pornography. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, SHELDON faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations.
DEWEY DEAN BUTTERFLY, a 39-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, BUTTERFLY faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release on each charge. 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.