Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on June 14, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:
KIMBERLY ANN FORCE, a 44-year-old resident of Gallatin County, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, FORCE faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, and four years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations.
KEVIN MICHAEL McCARTHY, a 54-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, McCARTHY faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Missoula Police Department, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
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.