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 April 13, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:
KENNETH CHANDLER, age 29, ALICIA WEATHERSTON, age 20, residents of Kalispell, and LORENZO SEGOVIA, a 48-year-old resident of El Paso, Texas, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. CHANDLER and SEGOVIA are currently detained and WEATHERSTON was released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, they each face possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between Drug Enforcement Administration and the Montana Highway Patrol.
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.