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 Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on Nov. 17 was:

Gloydean Lee Rider, 24, of Browning, on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon. If convicted of the most serious crime, Rider faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Rider was released pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-64.

Appearing in Billings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan and pleading not guilty on Nov. 18 was:

Chase Sterling Allen, 28, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted of the most serious crime, Allen faces a mandatory five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release on the drug crime and a mandatory minimum five years to life in prison consecutive to any other sentence on the firearms crime. Allen was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI’s Western Transnational Organized Crime Task Force and the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-93.

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Anthony Jacob Johnson, 51, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, Johnson faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Johnson was released pending further proceedings. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Montana’s Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-85.

Eric Edward Mack, 42, of Lewistown, on charges bank fraud. If convicted of the most serious crime, Mack faces a maximum 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine and five years of supervised release. Mack was released pending further proceedings. The FBI investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-86.


Appearing on Nov. 17 was:

Shane Edward Johnson, 53, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth, possession with intent to distribute meth and prohibited person in possession of a firearm or ammunition. If convicted of the most serious crime, Johnson faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Johnson was detained pending further proceedings. The U.S. Postal Service and the FBI’s Western Transnational Organized Crime Task Force investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-94.

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Appearing on Nov. 15 was:

Stacie Marie Thein, 51, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth, possession with intent to distribute meth and distribution of meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, Thein faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Thein was detained pending further proceedings.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Montana’s Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-85.

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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