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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 16, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

SHANNON JAMES AUGARE, a 33-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of obstructing a peace officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, and reckless driving. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, AUGARE faces possible penalties of 6 months in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon is the prosecutor for the United States.

PONDERA HUTTERITE COLONY, INC., SAM KLEINSASSER, DARYL KLEINSASSER, JONATHAN WALDNER, IKE WALDNER, and TOM WALDNER appeared on charges of (2) counts of illegal possession of a threatened species. They are currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, they each face possible penalties of 6 months in prison and a $25,000 fine on each count. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department.

ROY OLIVER CAMPBELL, a 33-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on a charge of burglary. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, CAMPBELL faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,

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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