Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on January 17, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
JUSTIN ZACHARY FULTZ, a 25-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, FULTZ 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 Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
GRADY EWING MAYS, a 60-year-old resident of Billings/transient, appeared on a charge of failure to register as a sexual offender. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, MAYS faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the 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.