Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 8, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:
CADE KELLY ELIASON, a 21-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of possession with the intent to distribute LSD. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, ELIASON faces possible penalties of a minimum mandatory 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Missouri River Drug Task Force.
ANDREW G. COTTRELL, a 27-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and oxycontin. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, COTTRELL faces possible penalties of 1 year in prison, a $100,000 fine and 1 year supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Law Enforcement Division of the U.S. Forest Service.
The defendants 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.