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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

Friday, May 11, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 10, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

RACHEL MARIE HANLON, age 23, and ROBERT JOHN HANLON, age 39, residents of Roundup, appeared on charges of manufacture of marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. In addition, ROBERT HANLON also appeared on a charge of being felon-in-possession of a firearm. They are currently detained. If convicted of these charges, they each face possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to up to 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Musselshell County Sheriff's Office, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue 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.



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