Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 9, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
JAVIER GONZALEZ-MARTINEZ, age 35, and JULIO CESAR ZURITA-VILLANEUVA, age 20, citizens of Mexico, appeared on charges of possession with the intent to distribute heroin. GONZALEZ-MARTINEZ was also charged with illegal re-entry. They are currently detained. If convicted, ZURITA-VALLANEUVA faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release. GONZALEZ-MARTINEZ faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $10,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.
TIMOTHY JAMES BITTNER, age 31, formerly of Forsyth, appeared on a charge of failure to register. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, BITTNER faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Marshals Service.
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.