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Lame Deer resident Waylon Dean Sioux, 36, denied federal charges that he kidnapped a person and threatened to shoot another person earlier this year.

Appearing for arraignment Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Billings, Sioux pleaded not guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping near Lame Deer on Feb. 22.

The indictment said Sioux aimed a rifle at a person identified by the initials C.L.M. and threatened to shoot. He also "unlawfully seized and confined" a person identified as T.W.B., the document said.

If convicted, Sioux faces up to life in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine on the kidnapping charge and a maximum of 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine on the assault.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby ordered Sioux to remain in custody. The case will be heard by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull.

Contact Clair Johnson at cjohnson@billingsgazette.com or 657-1282.

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