Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on June 29, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
ANTONIO BERNARD WALLACE, a 48-year-old resident of Washington, appeared on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, WALLACE 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 the U.S. Marshals Service.
ROBERT M. LONGAN, a 48-year-old resident of Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, LONGAN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
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.