Informational: Federal Court Initial Appearances
The United States Attorney(s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 17, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:
RANDY LEE RIDER, a 47-year-old resident of Klamath Falls, Oregon, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, RIDER faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years to life in prison, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release on each charge. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
THOMAS MICHAEL BAD OLD MAN, a 21-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on a charge of burglary. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, BAD OLD MAN faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $50,000 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.