Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on December 7, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:
JUSTIN LIGHTLEY, a 22-year-old resident of Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, LIGHTLEY 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 a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Northwest Montana Drug Task Forces.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charges.
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.