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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on April 12, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

STEVEN ALEXANDER ACTON, a 27-year-old resident of Libby, KEVIN KENNETH GAETHLE, age 30, and BRADLEY THORPE THOMPSON, age 26, residents of Kalispell, each appeared on a charge of robbery. In addition, ACTON and THOMPSON are also each charged with use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. They are currently detained. If convicted of these charges, they each possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release for the robbery charge. In addition, ACTON and THOMPSON also each face the possibility of an additional mandatory 5 year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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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