Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on January 11, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
ERIN RUTH SMITH, a 22-year-old resident of Wyola, appeared on (3) counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SMITH faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release for each count. Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Vincent Carroll is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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.