Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 7, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
BENJAMIN WILLIAM WRIGHTSON, a 32-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, WRIGHTSON faces possible penalties of five to forty years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine and four years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. Thaggard is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
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.