Two Batesland Men Charged with Retaliation
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two men were indicted by a federal grand jury for threatening a victim who was testifying in another federal case.
Charles Colhoff, a/k/a Charles Goings, age 24, and William J. Morrisette, age 23, both of Batesland, were indicted on August 29, 2012, for Retaliating Against a Witness, Victim, or an Informant. Colhoff appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on September 5, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment; Morrisette appeared before Judge Duffy on October 18, 2012, and pled not guilty. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations, and Colhoff and Morrisette are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah B. Collins and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trevor P. Thielen are prosecuting the case. Colhoff and Morrisette were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.