After being convicted of eight federal charges on September 27, Williams faces a mandatory minimum sentence of more than 90 years in prison.
Oh My God… Chris Williams is a freaking stud! As he sits behind the walls of his for profit prison, deep in the bowels of the Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby, Montana, his primary concern is ‘honor.’ “I have decided to fight the federal government because for me, not defending the things that I know are right is dishonorable,” writing from his cell Mr. Williams noted that “Every citizen has a responsibility to fight for what is right, even if it seems like the struggle will be lost.”
This Courageous Caregiver’s words are heavy with responsibility. As he pens what is in essence his epithet from the for the profit prison system, which is one of the bigger benefactors of the prohibition on marijuana. Williams is confronted with the ugly fact that, minus some type of major miracle he stands the very real possibility of spending the rest of, his now lonely life — locked away in an industrial-size cage. Just what was his crime, you ask? Cultivating and distributing medical marijuana for the incurably ill and disabled Montana medical marijuana patients who have been authorized to consume MMJ under current Montana law.
Williams co-owned Montana Cannabis, along with Tom Daubert, Chris Lindsey and Richard Flor. Daubert was a lobbyist who helped write Montana’s medical marijuana law; Lindsey was a former public defender; Flor was the first registered caregiver in Montana; and Williams was the consummate farmer. Together, these men established a “gold standard” for strict compliance with Montana law.
Montana Cannabis operated openly and honestly with direct oversight from the State Drug Task Force and other law enforcement agencies. In fact, the Narcotics Bureau Chief for the State of Montana is captured on film as Williams gives him a tour of the Helena greenhouse. Despite clear and unambiguous compliance with State law, Williams’s company was taken down in highly-coordinated federal raids that targeted 26 businesses across Montana — all in the course of a single day. source
His two partners bowed down and accepted the proposed plea bargains offered to all three. The proposed plea bargains were a problem for Williams, as it would have required his cooperation with the federal government. As trade for his cooperation, Daubert was only sentenced to probation. As Lindsey now awaits his sentencing — the even money is on him receiving a similar sentence as Daubert later this year. Now this is where the three partner’s futures – diverge — in the ugliest of ways. As a general rule of thumb the federal government has a foul sense humor when discussing leniency for someone that won’t “cooperate” with an all-consuming investigation.
Flor on the other hand was sentenced to five years in a federal medical penitentiary, after being acknowledged as unfit to stand trial. Four long months into his sentence, Flor passed away of severe complications from his illness, which arose from his lack of needed medical care. Richard Flor grieving widow, has been unable to lay her husband remains to rest, as she too is herself confined the in federal prison system. Mrs. Flor is presently serving a 2 year sentence for simply being an employee of her husband’s business.
Bottom line: After being convicted of eight federal charges on September 27, Williams faces a mandatory minimum sentence of more than 90 years in prison. In addition to the drug trafficking charges — which carry a sentence of 10 years to life — Williams was found guilty of four firearms violations.