Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 15, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
SHEILA C. COFFMAN, a 46-year-old resident of Coos Bay, Oregon, formerly of Billings, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, COFFMAN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 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 Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
TYRONE THADDEUS MARTINEZ, a 32-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of wire fraud. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, MARTINEZ faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret 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.