Kenneth Lorenz Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on August 13, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, KENNETH LORENZ, a 60-year-old resident of Fairview, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. Sentencing is set for November 18, 2009. He is currently detained on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Between 2005 and 2007, LORENZ was involved in a conspiracy with other individuals to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine in Billings, Crane, Sidney, Fairview, Glendive, and other Montana and North Dakota locations.
LORENZ faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 8 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sidney Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff's Office, the Montana Highway Patrol, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation in Miles City, and the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.