Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on November 9, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
TORRENCE KYERE McGEE, a 33-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of distribution of cocaine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, McGEE faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the City-County Special Investigation Unit in Billings, the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.
The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and any person named as a defendant is 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.