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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 24, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

CHANCE JUSTIN WILHELM, a 26-year-old resident of Butte, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, WILHELM faces possible penalties of ten years up to life in prison, a $4,000,000 fine and at least five years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Southwest Montana Drug Task Force, and Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.

JESSICA RENE PLANT, a 22-year-old resident of Butte, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. She is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, PLANT faces possible penalties of ten years up to life in prison, a $4,000,000 fine and at least five years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Southwest Montana Drug Task Force, and Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.

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.

 

 

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