Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 12, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:
ROY ALEXANDER BRIGGS, a 34-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on charges of possession of child pornography and failure to register as a sexual offender. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, BRIGGS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Helena Police Department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
CORWIN DALLAS FOURSTAR, a 19-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and sexual abuse. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, FOURSTAR faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Wess is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division.
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.