Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 3, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
JOSEPH DANIEL CAPEHART, a 27-year-old resident of Miles City, appeared on charges of distribution of methadone and distribution of methadone resulting in death. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, CAPEHART faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $1,000,000 fine, and at least 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and the Custer County Sheriff's Office.
The defendant 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.