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 November 10, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:
ANTHONY KERNER, age 44, and MORIAH BECKMAN, age 19, residents of Butte, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and theft of government property. They are currently detained. If convicted of these charges, they each face possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
DALE WAYNE PRIBBLE, a 30-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, PRIBBLE faces 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 conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.