Information: Federal Court Initial Appearances
The United States Attorney's Office today announced that those persons listed below were arraigned before the U.S. Magistrate and the indictments handed down by the Grand Jury unsealed.
Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Holter in Great Falls, on December 31, 2013, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:
- RRICK LEE DRIVDAHL, a 50-year-old resident of Helena appeared on charges of child pornography. If convicted, DRIVAHL faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch in Missoula, on January 2, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:
- MOTHY GARDINER, a resident of Yakima, Washington appeared on charges of distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted, GARDINER faces possible penalties of life imprisonment.
- FFREY LACKMAN, a 24-year-old resident of Butte, appeared on charges of distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted, LACKMAN faces possible penalties of life imprisonment.
Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on January 3, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:
- YLON LANCE LAMEWOMAN, a 33-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. If convicted, LAMEWOMAN faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison.
The indictment is merely a formal charging document. It is not proof of guilt and all persons indicted are presumed to be innocent of any crime until proof of guilt is established by trial or guilty plea.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently transitioning its media program to new media contacts. Resources and this transition may affect the amount of information the office can process and disclose in a timely manner. Therefore, if any of the above cases are of interest to your media organization and the community it serves, we encourage you to monitor the progress of the case regularly through the U.S. District Court calendar and the PACER system so that you stay current and not miss any important developments in the case.
To establish a PACER account, which will allow you to review documents filed in the case, please go to, http://www.pacer.gov/register.html.
To access the district court's calendar, please go to https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.