A Lame Deer man accused in an accident that killed one person and injured another denied federal charges on Wednesday.

Jerard David Jo Threefingers, 23, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and to assault resulting in serious injury. An indictment alleges Threefingers was driving drunk on Oct. 2 near Lame Deer and caused the death of a person identified in court records as T.P. and injuring J.M.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby continued Threefingers’ release. If convicted, Threefingers faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine on the assault charge. The manslaughter count carries a maximum of eight years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

The case will be heard by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull.




Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.

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