Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on November 23, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
NATHAN ANTHONY LONSBERRY, a 23-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm after having been convicted of domestic violence. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, LONSBERRY 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. In addition, LONSBERRY faces an additional mandatory five year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.
The defendant 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.