57-year-old Mary Whitecrane appeared in Yellowstone County District Court Tuesday on multiple charges including attempted deliberate homicide and criminal mischief.

She appeared for arraignment by video and the prosecutor initially requested a $1 million bond saying Whitecrane is an “extreme threat to the community.”

District Judge Michael Moses entered not guilty pleas on her behalf and rejected the request for a higher bond and set it at $250,000.

Mary Whitecrane appeared by video arraignment in Yellowstone County District Court on charges of attempted deliberate homicide and criminal mischief.

Whitecrane was brought into the video court appearance in a wheelchair.

She told the court she did not have her glasses and couldn’t read the charges against her so a public defender read them to her.

Multiple law enforcement agencies including YCSO, BPD, Billings Fire and S.W.A.T. from Gallatin and Lewis and Clark counties surrounded Whitecrane, trailer house after she allegedly shot a police officer.
Billings police Chief Rich St. John talked with the media about the decision to wait Whitecrane out on the 14-hour standoff.
Chief St. John told reporters Officer Mike Yarina was attempting to deliver a cell phone to Whitecrane when she allegedly shot him in the lower abdomen.
ABC FOX Billings Breaking Anchor Mary Beth Dickson reports on the standoff aftermath.

The prosecutor requested the $1 million bond saying the police officer who was shot, Mike Yarina, remained hospitalized “in critical care.”

The prosecutor also said Whitecrane has a previous felony conviction dating back to the late 80’s in Oklahoma for forgery.