Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 10, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
CODY JAMES KINN, a 22-year-old resident of Roundup, and JOSHUA CHARLES KRANK, a 22-year-old resident of Layton Utah, appeared on charges of burglary involving controlled substances and possession with the intent to distribute prescription drugs. They are currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charge, they each face possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Musselshell County Sheriff's Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
ELIZABETH MEDICINE TOP, a 47-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of theft of government money, false statements to a government agency, and Social Security representative payee fraud. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, MEDICINE TOP faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad C. Spraker is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation a cooperative effort between the U.S. Secret Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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.