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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Information: Federal Court Arraignments

The United States Attorney's Office 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 Ostby in Billings on October 7, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

JEDIA JAMES BARSNESS, a 23-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of aiding and abetting in false statement during a firearms transaction. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, BARSNESS faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. PACER Case Reference: 14-92

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on October 7, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

RAED AROOK, a 38-year-old resident of Israel, appeared on charges of illegal re-entry. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, AROOK faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the U.S. Border Patrol. PACER Case Reference: 14-91

RONALD JOSEPH FOURHORNS, a 31-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of bank robbery, theft, conspiracy to tamper with a witness by intimidation, threats, and corrupt persuasion, and tampering with a witness by intimidation, threats, and corrupt persuasion. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, FOURHORNS faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-52

RAYMOND EUGENE RUSSETTE, a 38-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent of distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, RUSSETTE faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and 4 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference: 14-93

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on October 6, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

JOE LONG KNIFE, a 38-year-old resident of Hayes, appeared on charges of kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and strangulation. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LONG KNIFE faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-92

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on October 2, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

DAVID LEE GOFFENA, a 46-year-old resident of Roundup, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and conspiracy to money launder. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, GOFFENA faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Eastern Montana HIDTA and Montana Division of Criminal Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-38

KIRSTA ELAINE GOFFENA, a 38-year-old resident of Roundup, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and conspiracy to money launder. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, GOFFENA faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Eastern Montana HIDTA and Montana Division of Criminal Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-38

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch in Missoula on October 2, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

JARED THOMAS ATCHLEY, a 24-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on charges of possession of an unregistered firearm. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, ATCHLEY faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Montana Highway Patrol. PACER Case Reference: 14-06

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on September 30, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

DAVID DELCARMEN, a 32-year-old resident of Los Angeles, California, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, DELCARMEN faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Eastern Montana HIDTA and Montana Division of Criminal Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-38

HEATHERLYN KYRIE FORE, a 26-year-old resident of Taft, California, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, FORE faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Eastern Montana HIDTA and Montana Division of Criminal Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-38

CATHRINE SUE NEEL, a 50-year-old resident of Taft, California, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, NEEL faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Eastern Montana HIDTA and Montana Division of Criminal Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-38

Appearing before U.S. District Judge Watters in Billings on September 30, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

DAVID LEE BARNARD, JR, a 43-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, BARNARD faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Eastern Montana HIDTA and Montana Division of Criminal Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-38

EUGENE VERNON LAROCHE, a 48-year-old resident of Fairview, appeared on charges of use of a communication device to facilitate a felony drug trafficking offense. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, LAROCHE faces 4 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 1 year supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Montana Division of Criminal Investigations, Sidney Police Department, Richland County Sheriff's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Border Patrol, Montana Highway Patrol and Sweetgrass County Sheriff's Office. PACER Case Reference: 14-43

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch in Missoula on September 30, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

ALLEN J. RANKIN, a 41-year-old resident of St. Ignatius, appeared on charges of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and mail theft. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, RANKIN faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, Missoula Police Department, Missoula County Sheriff's Office, Billings Police Department, Laurel Police Department and Lake County Sheriff's Office. PACER Case Reference: 14-33

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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