Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 23, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:
LISA FLEMING, a 33-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, FLEMING faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years and could be sentenced to 40 years, a $2,000,000 fine, and 4 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.
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.