A Billings man once accused of shooting his father over a drug debt has admitted he distributed methamphetamine for him.
Brandon Jay Joseph White, 24, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday to possessing meth with intent to distribute.
Prosecutor Lori Suek said White distributed meth for his father, Walter Jack White, who was a meth dealer in the community from January 2012 until about mid-March 2013 and had several suppliers.
In January 2013, the father and son got into a gunfight outside of Walter White’s business in Lockwood in an apparent argument over a $10,000 drug debt. Brandon White initially was charged in state court with assault, for shooting his father in the back.
The state charges were dismissed because of the federal prosecution.
Brandon White told investigators he distributed meth for his father until they “had a falling out,” Suek said. The son described himself as “a heavy user” of meth and said he never distributed more than an “eight ball,” or about 3.5 grams, of meth at a time, she said.
Walter White, 53, who was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on drugs and firearms charges, told law enforcement that he had provided at least 500 grams, or more than a pound, of meth.
As part of a plea agreement, Brandon White admitted to being responsible for between 50 grams and 200 grams of meth.
Brandon White faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a possible $1 million fine. The agreement calls for an indictment, which charged White with conspiracy and possession, to be dismissed at sentencing. The conspiracy count carries a penalty of a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison and a possible $10 million fine.
U.S. District Judge Susan Watters set sentencing for Sept. 10. White remains in custody.