Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 13, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
VINCE LEE WHITEMAN, a 22-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and aiding and abetting assault with a dangerous weapon. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, WHITEMAN faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The defendant 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.