Chris Williams sentenced to 5 years prison in Montana Medical Marijuana conviction

Montana Medical Marijuana business owner Chris Williams was sentenced on February 1, 2013 in Missoula Federal District Court following jury convictions of federal gun crimes as well as felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute charges. Williams received a mandatory minimum 5 years in federal prison followed by 4 years of supervised release and credit for 130 days of jail time already served. This sentencing agreement was reached following a settlement conference following the trial conviction due to the charges initially carrying a 80-90 year mandatory term of incarceration. The prosecution agreed to dismiss some charges that Williams was convicted of at trial in order to allow the mandatory nature of his sentence to be in the 5 year range.

Former University of Montana quarterback, Jason Washington was also convicted at trial of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana as well as possession with intent to distribute and firearms charges. Washington is out of custody awaiting his sentencing date that is yet to be determined. Washington is facing up to 40 years imprisonment and up to $10 million in fines and fees.