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TRIBAL JUSTICE NEWS
October 7 - 14, 2011


Montana Man Makes Appearance in Federal Court on Triple Murder Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, Mont., on Oct. 13, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, Sheldon Chase, 22, resident of Crow Agency, Mont., made an initial appearance on a complaint alleging three counts of first degree murder which took place within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If charged with these offenses, Chase faces possible penalties of life in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

New Mexico Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Second Degree Murder (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Oct. 13, 2011 that Elias Whitmore, a 19 year-old member of the Pueblo of Laguna, was sentenced to 168-months in prison for his second degree murder. Whitmore and two others killed 38-year-old Loren Alan Kie at his home on the Pueblo of Laguna on Sept. 2, 2007. Whitmore was 15-years-old at the time of the murder, but was prosecuted as an adult after the court granted the U.S. Attorney's motion to transfer Whitmore to adult status.

Montana Woman Sentenced 19 Years in Prison for Lead Role in Meth Trafficking Conspiracy on Blackfeet Reservation (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter announced that on Oct.13, 2011, Julianna Marie Lewis, 23, of Pasco, Wash., was sentenced to a 228 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.  Lewis was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to charges related to a meth trafficking conspiracy, in which she was identified as the leader and organizer. Officers of the Blackfeet Safe Trails Task Force and the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation conducted an extensive investigation of large-scale meth trafficking in Kalispell and on the Blackfeet Reservation between 2009 and early 2011.

North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Federal Officer (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Oct. 13, 2011, Floyd Montclair, 22, of Fort Yates, N.D., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer. On Aug. 6, 2011, a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officer came into contact

with Montclair, while investigating a citizen report of vandalism. The BIA officer, upon

arriving on scene, announced his presence, and Montclair immediately became combative, tired to run, and resisted arrest. The charge of assaulting and resisting a federal officer carries a statutory maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that Ricky Stanley Smith, 34, pleaded guilty in Albuquerque federal court Oct. 13, 2011, to an assault resulting in serious bodily injury. At sentencing, Smith faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison to be followed by not more than three years of supervised release. Smith, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, admitted in his plea agreement that on April 30, 2011, he was driving while intoxicated and caused a collision that injured the victim, a passenger in his vehicle.

Repeat Rapist Sentenced to Prison (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington)

U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby announced on Oct. 12, 2011, that Clarence Jude Stensgar, Jr., 60, of Inchelium, Wash., was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison. Clarence Stensgar was arrested Sept. 10, 2010, and has remained in custody since then. He pleaded guilty in July 2011, to two counts of rape occurring on the Colville Indian Reservation. According to the pleadings, Clarence Stensgar forcibly raped a woman in April 2007 and raped another woman in November 2007, both within the boundaries of the Colville Indian Reservation. After serving his prison sentence, Clarence Stensgar will be placed under court supervision for the rest of his life.

Man Indicted for Assault on Indian Reservation (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan)

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced that on Oct. 11, 2011, Aaron Scott Hendrickson, 23, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., was arraigned today after being indicted on Sept.14, 2011, by a federal grand jury in Bay City, Mich., for domestic assault by a habitual offender. The indictment charges that on Sept. 6, 2011, Hendrickson, assaulted his girlfriend on the Isabella Reservation. During the incident, it is alleged that Hendrickson lifted the victim above his shoulders and dropped her onto a ceramic tile floor causing injuries to her back and head. The assault occurred while Hendrickson was on probation for a domestic violence and stalking charges and after three other assaults on intimate partners which resulted in either domestic violence or family violence convictions. If convicted as charged, Hendrickson faces up to five years in prison.

Two Navajo Men Charged with Robbery (U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Utah)

U.S. Attorney David B. Barlow announced on Oct. 5, 2011, that Nathaniel Silas, 18, and Jordan Yazzie, 18, both of Aneth, Utah., were charged in a federal indictment unsealed in Salt Lake City with using force and violence to take cash from the Red Mesa Express convenience store in Aneth during an Aug. 8, 2011, robbery. What appeared to be a gun was used during the commission of the robbery, but later was determined by law enforcement not to be a real firearm. The maximum potential penalty for robbery is up to 15 years in federal prison.

Lewiston Man Convicted of Defacing Red Elk Rock Shelter (U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho)

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that Freddie Michael Bernal, 20, of Lewiston, Idaho, was convicted by a federal jury in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, of willful injury or depredation of property of the United States and making a false statement to the FBI. Bernal and two others were indicted by a federal grand jury for defacing the cliff face at the Red Elk Rock Shelter, a site located south of Lewiston's Hells Gate State Park. The basalt wall has red pigmented pictographs, or rock art, including animal figures and geometric shapes that may date as far back as 2,500 years.

White Mountain Apache Man Found Guilty of Stabbing (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Scheel announced on Oct. 11, 2011, that a federal jury has found Nathan Lavender, 29, of Whiteriver, Ariz., and a member of the White Mountain Apache Indian Tribe, guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon. The evidence at trial showed that in August 2009, the defendant stabbed another male tribal member three times in the chest. The defendant then fled. The victim ran to a nearby home and residents called police. The victim was later flown to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital to undergo surgery for the stab wounds.   A conviction for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon carries a maximum penalty of 10 years, a $250,000 fine or both.

North Carolina Man Sentenced for Murder Charges (U.S. Attorney for the Western

District of North Carolina)

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced on Oct. 11, 2011, that U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Robert Benjamin Smith, 25, of Cherokee, N.C., to 235 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $290,000 in restitution. Smith, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, pleaded guilty to second degree murder on January 19, 2011.

North Carolina Man Sentenced for Robbery Charges (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina)

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced on Oct. 11, 2011, that U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Emery Lee Littlejohn, 25, of Cherokee, to 55 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release. Littlejohn, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, entered his plea of guilty to one count of robbery on Jan. 19, 2011.

North Carolina Man Sentenced for Aggravated Sexual Abuse Charges (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina)

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced on Oct. 11, 2011, that U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Mark Wayne Ballard, 22, of Cherokee, to 118 months in prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Ballard was also ordered to comply with sex offender conditions and register as a sex offender. Ballard, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse on January 19, 2011.

North Carolina Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Conduct (U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina)

U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced on Oct. 11, 2011, that U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Fredrick Bird, 45, of Cherokee, N.C., to 90 months in prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Bird, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual conduct on Dec. 6, 2010.

Mandaree Man Pleads Guilty to Assault and Theft Charges (U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota)

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Oct. 11, 2011, Kalolo N. Iu, 22, of Mandaree, N.D., pleaded guilty in federal court to assault resulting in serious bodily injury and theft. On May 7, 2011, Iu and the victim were celebrating a family member's wedding at various locations throughout the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. During the night, Iu struck the victim's head and body multiple times. The assault resulted in hospitalization of the victim. In a separate April 2011, Iu stole tools from motor vehicles parked outside the Four Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, N.D. The charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of theft within Indian country carries a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Burglary While Armed Brings Over Five Years In Prison (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington)

U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby announced that Anthony J. Mathias, 21, of Nespelem, Wash., was sentenced Oct. 7, 2011, to serve a 66-month prison term for a residential burglary and possession of a firearm during that burglary committed on the Colville Indian Reservation. A jury found Anthony Mathias guilty of the burglary on June 14, 2011. Mathias entered a guilty plea to the firearm charge on July 26, 2011.

Man Charged with Assaulting BIA Officer on Hopi Reservation (U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona)

Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Scheel announced that Mitchell James Karty, 38, of Second Mesa, Ariz., was arrested and charged Oct. 5, 2011, with assault on a federal officer and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. On Oct. 5, a team of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Police and Hopi Tribal Officers responded to a domestic dispute on the Hopi Indian Reservation between Karty, the victim and the victim's father. As a Hopi tribal officer was transporting one of the victims in the dispute, Karty, armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle, fired three rounds, shattering the rear window of officer's police vehicle and shooting the engine of the vehicle.

Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Assault on Colville Reservation (U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington)

U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby announced that James Edward Kensler, 32, of Nespelem, Wash., was sentenced on Oct. 3, 2011, to serve a 50-month prison term for assaulting a federal officer. In February 2011 Kensler assaulted a Colville, Wash., tribal police officer who was attempting to arrest Kensler who was wanted on a federal warrant. Kensler, having previously pleaded guilty to an assault on a former girlfriend, was also sentenced to a 50-month prison term for that crime. The court ordered the sentences to run concurrently. Tribal police officers are considered federal officers when their duties include the enforcement of federal law. Certain Colville Tribal Police Officers are authorized to enforce tribal, state and federal laws on the Colville Reservation.

Mississippi Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement from an Indian Tribal Organization (U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi)        

U.S. Attorney John Dowdy announced that Penni Tingle, 42, of Hernando, Miss., was sentenced on Oct. 4, 2011, to serve five months in prison followed by five months of home detention with electronic monitoring and three years of supervised release for embezzling money from the Choctaw Tribal Organization. Tingle was ordered to pay $37,353.75 in restitution.   Tingle pleaded guilty to the charge on April 15, 2011. The offense occurred within the boundaries of the Tribal Lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Macy Woman Sentenced For Assault with a Deadly Weapon (U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska)

U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced Oct. 11, 2011 that Amanda Bird, 24, of Macy, Nebraska, was sentenced on Oct. 6, 2011, in Omaha, Nebraska, for committing an assault with a dangerous weapon. Bird was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a three year term of supervised release to begin at the completion of Bird's prison term.   On August 30, 2010, Bird assaulted the victim with a kitchen knife. Bird and the victim had been at a party when an argument started. Bird grabbed a kitchen knife and proceeded to chase the victim. Bird wrestled with the victim and eventually stabbed him with the knife causing a 5.5 centimeter laceration on his left form arm, and a small puncture on his left arm. Bird was found guilty by a United States District Court jury following a trial.

Cody Michael Beard Pleads Guilty In U.S. Federal Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Billings on Sept. 29, 2011, Cody Michael Beard, 21, of Hardin, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Beard became known to FBI/BIA investigators during a joint investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs on the Crow Indian Reservation (CIR). Sentencing has been set for Jan. 5, 2012. Beard faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life and a $4 million fine.

William Frederick Heavyrunner Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Oct. 4, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, William Frederick Heavyrunner, 20, of Browning, Mt., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. The Blackfeet Safe Trails Task Force (BSTTF) and the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation (MDCI) conducted an extensive investigation of large-scale meth trafficking in Kalispell and on the Blackfeet Reservation. Sentencing has been set for Jan, 9, 2012. Heavyrunner faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, and a $4 million fine.

Michael Ray Gobert Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Oct. 3, 2011, that Michael Ray Gobert, 35, of Browning, pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 29, 2011. Gobert was identified as an involved conspirator in an extensive investigation on the Blackfeet Reservation by the Officers of the Blackfeet Safe Trails Task Force (BSTTF). Gobert faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and three years supervised release.

Navajo Nation Man Pleads Guilty To Aggravated Sexual Abuse; Sentenced To 7 Years In Federal Prison (U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Utah)

U.S. Attorney David B. Barlow announced that Jason Lamour Keith, 33, of Aneth, Utah, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty in federal court to aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Keith admitted that between August 2004 and June 2010 he forced a child to engage in sexual acts with him. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson sentenced Keith to seven years in federal prison following the guilty plea.

Wolf Point Man Pleads Guilty To Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Sept. 26, 2011, Frederick Clifford Demarrias, Jr., 65, of Wolf Point, pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a child over a four year period. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 19, 2011. He is currently detained. Demarrias is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota. Demarrias faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release.

Missoula Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Abuse Of A Child (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter announced that on Sept. 28, 2011, Aaron Reese Little Eagle, 27, of Missoula, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a child. Sentencing has been set for Jan.12, 2012. He is currently detained.  Little Eagle faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release.

Northern Arapaho Man Indicted for Escape (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that Blaine Yellow Fox, of the Wind River Reservation appeared in federal court after having been indicted for escape. The Sept. 22, 2011, indictment alleges that he escaped from custody, when he willfully failed to return within the time prescribed to the Community Alternatives of Casper, an institutional facility in which he was lawfully confined at the direction of the Attorney General by virtue of a judgment and commitment of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. This offense carries a penalty of up to five years imprisonment and a $250,000.00 fine. Trial has been set for Dec., 2011, before Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal.

Northern Arapaho Men Indicted for Murder and Assault on the Wind River Indian Reservation (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that Anthony Thomas Lincoln, 25,  and Ronald Keith York, Jr., 22, both of the Northern Arapaho Tribe from Ethete, Wyoming, appeared before the Honorable Scott W. Skavdahl in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming on Sept. 28, 2011 pursuant to a three count indictment charging them with second degree murder and aiding and abetting, assault resulting in serious bodily injury and aiding and abetting and assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm and aiding and abetting for their roles in the August 5, 2011 beating death of John Michael Crispin, III, 33, also of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The charges carry a maximum possible penalty of life imprisonment, a fine of $750,000.00, five years of supervised release and a $300.00 special assessment. A joint trial has been set for Nov. 7, 2011, in Cheyenne.

Northern Arapaho Man Sentenced for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced that on Sept. 26, 2011, Jeffery Neal Underwood, 25, a Northern Arapaho Tribal Member from the Wind River Indian Reservation, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal to a total of 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release for assault resulting in serious bodily injury of a 46-day-old minor child, which occurred on March 8, 2011, on the Wind River Indian Reservation. In addition to the period of imprisonment and supervised release, Jeffrey Neal Underwood was ordered to pay $39,017.78 in restitution for the injuries sustained by the minor child.

Eighteen-year-old Sentenced for Using and Carrying a Firearm During and In Relation to a Crime of Violence (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that on Sept. 26, 2011, Blaine Patrick Clutter, an 18-year-old non-Indian from Riverton, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal to a total of 84 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release for his role in committing the offense of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence (Robbery), which occurred on April 8, 2011, on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Eighteen-year-old Sentenced for Using and Carrying a Firearm During and In Relation to a Crime of Violence (U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming)

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that on Sept. 26, 2011, Zachary Aden Thomas Humphrey, 18, a non-Indian from Riverton, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal to a total of 84 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release for his role in committing the offense of using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence (Robbery), which occurred on April 8, 2011, on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Madras Woman Sentenced To Federal Prison After Pleading Guilty To Intent To Distribute Meth In Warm Springs (U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon)

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon announced that Darlene Danzuka (a.k.a. Darlene Highfill), 47, of Madras, Oregon, was sentenced on Oct. 11, 2011 to 24 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. On Jan. 25, 2011, the defendant pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. While Danzuka was living on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, tribal police learned that she was selling methamphetamine out of her house. Police executed the search warrants on her house and truck, where they over an ounce of methamphetamine (including multiple bindles packaged for sale), a digital scale, and drug packaging materials.

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Aggravated Sexual Abuse Offense (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced on that on Oct. 12, 2011, in federal court in Albuquerque, Ryan Velarde (a.k.a Ryan Tsosie), 31, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16. Under his plea agreement, Velarde will be sentenced to 10 years in prison to be followed by a supervised release term of at least five years. Velarde, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crystal, N.M., also will be required to register as a sex offender.

Navajo Man Sentenced To 151 Months In Prison For Federal 2nd Degree Murder Conviction (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced on that on Oct. 12, 2011, in federal court in Albuquerque, Tyrus Begaye, 35, was sentenced to a 151-month term of imprisonment for his second degree murder conviction. He will be on supervised release for three years after he completes his prison sentence. On April 7, 2011, Tyrus Begaye and his cousin, Darnell Begay, 37, pleaded guilty to killing Peyton Hogue on Feb. 6, 2010 in Burnham, N.M., a small community on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Tyrus Begaye and Darnell Begay are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation who reside in Burnham. Their victim, Mr. Hogue, was also a member of the Navajo Nation. Tyrus Begay and Darnell Begay have been in federal custody since they were arrested on Feb. 8, 2010.

Standing Rock, N.M. Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Assault Charge (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that on Oct. 13, 2011 in Albuquerque federal court, Gilbert Hildreth, 38, pleaded guilty to an assault resulting in serious bodily injury offense. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Hildreth will be sentenced to 84 months imprisonment to be followed by not more than three years of supervised release. Hildreth, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Standing Rock, N.M., was arrested on Nov. 19, 2010, and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing. In his plea agreement, Hildreth admitted assaulting the victim on July 17, 2010 by hitting and choking her, and then throwing her down. As a result of his assault, the victim suffered several broken bones in her hands, two large cuts on her head, a broken transverse process in her vertebrae, and numerous bruises on her arms, neck and shoulders. The victim also sustained injuries consistent with strangulation, including bruising and scratching on the neck, a black eye, and significant soft tissue swelling around the head.

United States v. Byron Pahe (U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico)

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that on Oct. 4, 2011, United States District Judge Judith Herrera sentenced Defendant Byron Pahe, 21, to a one-year term of probation in connection with a conviction for simple assault. On Sept. 4, 2010, defendant was involved in an altercation outside the home of Vinton Wally in Crownpoint, N.M. Mr. Wally was shot and killed by companions of Mr. Pahe, who have also been charged and convicted in connection with this incident. Pahe is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.

Sacred Rain Runs Through Sentenced In U.S. District Court (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Sept. 26, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, Sacred Rain Runs Through, 22, of Poplar, Mont., appeared for sentencing. Runs Through was sentenced to 14 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Runs Through was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to burglary for breaking into a Hi-Line sports store on Aug. 4, 2010. The defendant was arrested after a chase, during which several stolen firearms were seized.

Tyrell James Henderson Found Guilty in U.S. Federal Court (U.S Attorney for the District of Montana)

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that on Sept. 28, 2011, in Great Falls, after a federal district court trial before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, Tyrell James Henderson, a resident of Box Elder, was found guilty of assault on a federal officer. Sentencing is set for Jan. 2, 2012. He is currently detained. On November 5, 2010, at approximately 11:40 p.m., an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management was on patrol on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation near a DUI checkpoint. Henderson faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

Informational: Federal Court Arraignments (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on Oct. 3, 2011, that Raymond Limpy, 56, of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, incest, and sexual abuse. The alleged crimes took place within the exterior boundaries of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, Limpy faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 4 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision. The defendant pled not guilty to the charges.

Informational: Federal Court Arraignments (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on Sept. 28, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

Cory Paul Clubfoot, a 30-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on a charge of sexual abuse. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, Clubfoot faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and life in prison. The crime occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

Roland Todd Brown, a 47-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on a charge of impede/intimidate a federal officer. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, Brown faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. The crime occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Informational: Federal Court Arraignments (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on Sept. 27, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

Gary Jackson Hugs, Jr., a 21-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, Hugs faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. The crime occurred on the Crow Indian Reservation.

Gerald Lee Lonsbery, a 51-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on 2 counts conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, Lonsbery faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release.

The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.

Informational: Federal Court Arraignments (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Sept. 27, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individual was arraigned: Lloyd Rider, 24, of Browning, appeared on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, Rider faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. The crime occurred on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.

Informational: Federal Court Arraignments (U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana)

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on Sept. 29, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:

Nicholas Guardipee, 22, of Browning, appeared on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury which occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, Guardipee faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.

Michael Ray Aims Back, 27, of Heart Butte, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon which occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, Aims Back faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.

Herold Middle Rider, 56, a transient, appeared on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury which occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, Middle Rider faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

Lamonte Charles Moutray, Jr., a 32-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of bank fraud and making false statements. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, Moultray faces possible penalties of 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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