Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 24, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:
MISTY WANDLE, a 23-year-old resident of Butte, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, WANDLE faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and 5 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 Homeland Security Investigations.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.
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.