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Feds Settle With Medical Cannabis Provider Chris Williams

Posted on  December 20, 2012 by  News Admin

  Six Felony Charges and Criminal Forfeiture Dismissed, Appeal Waived Medical cannabis provider Chris Williams has reached a settlement with prosecutors in his criminal proceedings. Under the terms of the highly-unusual, post-conviction compromise -- the second of its kind offered to Williams -- six of the charges will be dismissed, in exchange for withdrawing his pending motions for acquittal and a new trial. Until Tuesday, Williams faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 92 years in prison. By agreeing not to appeal his conviction on Count III and Count VI, the mandatory minimum penalties against Williams have been reduced to five years. Count III (Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana) carries a maximum term of 5 years imprisonment. Count VI (possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime) carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. As part of the deal, the federal government has also agreed to dismiss the criminal forfeiture against Montana Cannabis, the company Williams co-owned with three other men. "It was not easy for me to give up my Constitutional fight, but as I navigate this complex federal penal system, it has become clear that punishment is the only thing that is guaranteed," said Williams in a phone call from the Missoula County Detention Facility. "With the rest of my life literally hanging in the balance, I simply could not withstand the pressure any longer. If Judge Christensen shows mercy and limits my sentence to the 5-year mandatory minimum, I could be present at my...