A man accused of committing a string of home-invasion rapes and robberies in Billings will face a possible life sentence without parole if convicted, a Yellowstone County prosecutor said Thursday.
Chief Deputy County Attorney Rod Souza said during the arraignment of Toby Eugene Griego on 38 charges that prosecutors had filed a notice of intent to seek the severe punishment.
Griego, 41, appeared by video from the county jail for arraignment before District Judge Mary Jane Knisely and entered not-guilty pleas to 35 felonies and three misdemeanors.
Knisely maintained Griego's bond at $1 million and ordered that he submit to GPS monitoring if he posts bond.
The judge also set a Jan. 13 trial date. Knisely will preside over the case.
The charges stem from three home-invasion rapes and robberies in Billings on Jan. 27, May 27 and July 2.
In each case, Griego is accused of entering the residence of a young woman as she was sleeping. The women were bound, beaten and raped with foreign objects.
Two of the victims were taken to a bank machine to withdraw money. All three victims said the assailant forced them to bathe after the assaults.
Prosecutors said Griego, a registered sex offender for a 1997 rape in New Mexico who moved to Billings five years ago, stalked the victims before the attacks.
Griego remains a suspect in three other similar attempted rapes between January and May, although he has not been charged with those offenses.
The felony charges filed against Griego include 10 counts of sexual intercourse without consent, six counts of robbery, three counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, eight counts of surreptitious visual observation or recording, three counts of drug possession, two counts of intimidation, and one count of assault with a weapon.
Griego is also charged with two counts of misdemeanor surreptitious visual observation or recording and one misdemeanor count of drug possession.
Prosecutors allege that Griego took cellphone pictures of the victims and possessed numerous prescription medications when he was arrested on Aug. 23 at his residence.