Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 23, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
JONATHAN MANUEL BALBIN-MURILLO, a 29-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, BALBIN-MURILLO 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 Marcia K. Hurd 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.
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.