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Information: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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 Lynch in Missoula on March 4, 2014 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • ISA CHERYL BAILEY, a 28-year-old resident of North Carolina, appeared on charges of counterfeiting obligations of the United States and uttering counterfeit obligations. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, BAILEY faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Missoula Police Department. PACER Case Reference: 14-10
  • EVEN M. GROVO, a 55-year-old resident of Massachusetts, appeared on charges of child exploitation enterprise and conspiracy to advertise child pornography. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, GROVO faces life imprisonment, $250,000 in files and lifetime supervised release. The investigation was a cooperative effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Polson Police Department, Helena Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Montana Division of Criminal Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 13-30
  • DNEY LIDE ROGERS a 29-year-old resident of North Carolina, appeared on charges of counterfeiting obligations of the United States and uttering counterfeit obligations. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ROGERS faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Missoula Police Department. PACER Case Reference: 14-10
  • VID DONALD SHEARER, a 67-year-old resident of Townsend, appeared on charges of felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, SHEARER faces 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. PACER Case Reference: 13-19

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on March 6, 2014 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • YES GUTIERREZ, a 44-year-old resident of Phoenix, Arizona, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, GUTIERREZ faces life imprisonment, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-08
  • MONA LOPEZ, a 44-year-old resident of Modesto, California appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute meth, and possession with intent to distribute heroin. If convicted of the most serious offenses contained in the indictment, LOPEZ faces life imprisonment, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. PACER Case Reference: 13-92

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on March 11, 2014 and entering please of Not Guilty were:

  • LLIAM T. AHENAKEW, a 23-year-old resident of Box Elder appeared on charges of sexual abuse. In convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, AHENAKEW faces life imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release. PACER Case Reference: 14-14

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.

 

 

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