Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on April 18, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
CARL CHESTER ALDEN, JR., a 23-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared on charges of involuntary manslaughter and (2) counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, ALDEN faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The defendant 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.