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Birney man charged with murder of man on Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

BILLINGS — A Birney man suspected of killing another man near Lame Deer, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, in June was arraigned today on murder and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Terence Arturo Limberhand, 31, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with first degree murder, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and possession of a stolen firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Limberhand faces mandatory life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release on the murder charge and a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. Judge Cavan ordered Limberhand detained pending further proceedings.

The government alleges in the indictment that on June 21 near Lame Deer, Limberhand unlawfully killed the victim, identified as John Doe, with malice aforethought and premeditation and that Limberhand possessed a firearm in furtherance of first-degree murder. The indictment further alleges that on June 28, Limberhand possessed a stolen firearm.

The FBI investigated the case.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

PACER case reference. 22-129.

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Clair Johnson Howard
Public Affairs Officer

Updated November 22, 2022

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 22-288