Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 26, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
NATALIE JEAN WILLIS, a 29-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of distribution of oxycontin. She is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, WILLIS faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the DEA Diversion Investigators, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, and the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.
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.