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Information: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The United States Attorney's Office today announced that those persons listed below were arraigned before the U.S. Magistrate and the indictments handed down by the Grand Jury unsealed.

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on February 24, 2014 and entering please of Not Guilty were:

  • VICTOR MICHAEL VIELLE, a 31-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of second degree murder. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, VIELLE faces life imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference: 13-110

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on February 25, 2014 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • KENNETH WAYNE DAVIS, a 58-year-old resident of Cascade, appeared on charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, and drug user in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious offenses charges in the indictment, DAVIS faces 40 years imprisonment, $5,000,000 in fines and 4 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the HIDTA Task Force. PACER Case Reference: 14-11
  • RUEBEN FRIESEN, a 33-year-old resident of Alberta, Canada, appeared on charges of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. If convicted of the most serious offense charged in the indictment, FRIESEN faces 30 years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release. The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Great Falls Police Department. PACER Case Reference: 14-10
  • WILLIAM TAYLER KIRKALDIE, a 31-year-old resident of Fort Belknap, appeared on charges of domestic abuse by a habitual offender. If convicted of the offense charged in the indictment, KIRKALDIE faces 5 years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-12

The indictment is merely a formal charging document. It is not proof of guilt and all persons indicted are presumed to be innocent of any crime until proof of guilt is established by trial or guilty plea.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently transitioning its media program to new media contacts. Resources and this transition may affect the amount of information the office can process and disclose in a timely manner. Therefore, if any of the above cases are of interest to your media organization and the community it serves, we encourage you to monitor the progress of the case regularly through the U.S. District Court calendar and the PACER system so that you stay current and not miss any important developments in the case.

To establish a PACER account, which will allow you to review documents filed in the case, please go to, http://www.pacer.gov/register.html.

To access the district court's calendar, please go to https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

 

 

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