Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on June 7, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
DAMIEN JAMES BACKER, a 20-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, BACKER faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Seuk is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
DAVID JOSEPH SANDERS, a 49-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of distribution of Oxycodone. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, SANDERS faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 3 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.