Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 22, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individual was arraigned:
VICTOR JAMES WEBSTER, JR., a 25-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and felon in possession of a firearm. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, WEBSTER faces possible penalties of a minimum mandatory of ten years up to life in prison, a $4,000,000 fine and at least five years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.
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.