Information: Federal Court arraignments
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that the following persons were arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan in Billings. Indictments handed down by the Grand Jury were unsealed. Indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
CHARLES EUGENE VENDITTI, 41, of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth and distribution of meth. If convicted of the most serious charge, the defendant faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and five years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Pacer case reference. 18-147
DAVID CHARLES SPENCER, 45, of Billings, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute meth, distribution of meth, use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense, prohibited person in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in a school zone. If convicted of the most serious drug charge, the defendant faces a maximum 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and three years supervised release. If convicted of the most serious firearms charge, the defendant faces a minimum mandatory 10 years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Pacer case reference. 18-144
If any of the above cases are of interest to your media organization and the community it serves, we encourage you to monitor the progress of the case regularly through the U.S. District Court calendar and the PACER system.
To establish a PACER account, which will allow you to review documents filed in the case, please go to, http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the district court’s calendar, please go to https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.