Informational: Federal Court arraignments

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that the following persons were arraigned or appeared this week before U.S. Magistrate judges on indictments handed down by the Grand Jury or on criminal complaints. The charging documents are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Appearing in Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto for an initial appearance on a criminal complaint on July 8 was:

Edward Timothy Cockerham, 42, of Kalispell, on charges of sexual exploitation of a child. If convicted of the most serious crime, Cockerham faces a minimum 15 years to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years to life of supervised release. Cockerham was detained pending further proceedings. Homeland Security Investigations and the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-70.

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Appearing in Billings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan and pleading not guilty on July 8 was:


Jeremy Michael Adams, 32, of Billings, on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Adams faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Adams was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-37.

The progress of cases may be monitored through the U.S. District Court Calendar and the PACER system. To establish a PACER account, which provides electronic access to review documents filed in a case, please visit http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the District Court’s calendar, please visit https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

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