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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on October 23, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

JUNE LEE WOLVERINE, a 33-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon. She is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, WOLVERINE faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release on each charge. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

JEROME BRUCE SEAMAN, a 61-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of theft from an Indian tribal organization, false claims, false writings, and witness tampering. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, SEAMAN faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Interior - Office of Inspector General.

LOUIS SHANE KANYID, a 30-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine to a person under the age of 18. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, KANYID faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $5,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

MARK KNESS, a 54-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, KNESS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.

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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