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Informational: Federal Court Initial Appearances

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 01, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 1, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals appeared:

RODNEY PITTS, a 30-year-old resident of Mosby, made an initial appearance on a complaint alleging being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. He is currently detained. If charged with this offense, PITTS faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

TIMOTHY JOSEPH HENNEBERRY, a 20-year-old resident of Billings, made an initial appearance on a complaint alleging possession of a stolen firearm and distribution of ecstasy. He is currently detained. If charged with these offenses, HENNEBERRY faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

LEIGH ANN RICHEY, a 29-year-old resident of Billings, made an initial appearance on a complaint alleging being a felon-in-possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and distribution of methamphetamine. She is currently detained. If charged with these offenses, RICHEY faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine and 4 years supervised release.

WILLIAM LEROY HOUCK, JR., a 32-year-old resident of Billings, made an initial appearance on a complaint alleging possession of a firearm after having been previously convicted of domestic abuse. He is currently detained. If charged with this offense, HOUCK faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

ANTHONY ALEX ROLL, a 27-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, ROLL faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison on the conspiracy charge. In addition, ROLL faces an additional mandatory five years to life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

RODRICK D. GANT, a 23-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm after having been convicted of domestic violence. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, GANT faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison on the conspiracy charge. In addition, GANT faces an additional mandatory five years to life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

TOBY REID GEAUDRY, a 25-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, GEAUDRY faces a possible penalty of 20 years in prison.

RICHARD LYNDON MEZA, a 20-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, MEZA faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison on the conspiracy charge. In addition, MEZA faces an additional mandatory five years to life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

EDWIN ALBERTO JOHNSON, a 19-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, JOHNSON faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison on the conspiracy charge. In addition, JOHNSON faces an additional mandatory five years to life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assisting in the investigation were the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Billings Police Department, and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office. Assisting in the arrests in this investigation was the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force.

A complaint is merely a written statement of the essential facts constituting the offenses charged.

 

 

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