Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on June 13, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
VANDA KAY BISHOP, a 31-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of theft of mail. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, BISHOP faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.
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.