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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 10, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 9, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

JUSTIN CARLTON WHITMAN, a 31-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, WHITMAN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.

DAWN MARIE MENJIVAR, a 36-year-old resident of Lander, Wyoming, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. She is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, MENJIVAR faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.

CARLOS DANILO MENJIVAR-ROJAS, a 37-year-old resident of Lander, Wyoming, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, MENJIVAR-ROJAS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.

MICHELLE YEAGER-STEINFELDT, a 33-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. She is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, YEAGER-STEINFELDT faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.

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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