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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 19, 2017

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 Cavan in Billings on May 15, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • KRISTA LEAH ANDERSON, a 27-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ANDERSON faces 10 years in prison, $10,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  PACER Case Reference.  17-48
  • CATHERINE MABEL BROCK, a 41-year-old transient, appeared on charges of failure to register as a sex offender.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, BROCK faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.  PACER Case Reference.  17-52
  • STEVEN NEIL HOPPER, a 29-year-old resident of Laurel, appeared on charges of felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, HOPPER 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.  17-44
  • CURTIS WAYNE OLSON, a 46-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, OLSON faces 10 years in prison, $10,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  PACER Case Reference.  17-48

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on May 15, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • GREGORY CANTRELL AZURE, a 35-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and assault with a dangerous weapon.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, AZURE faces 10 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.  17-28
  • NICHOLAS DANIEL BURSHIA, a 18-year-old resident of Fort Kipp, appeared on charges of aggravated sexual abuse, and abusive sexual contact.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, BURSHIA faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.   PACER Case Reference.  17-29
  • VINCENT PAUL FUREY, a 41-year-old resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho, appeared on charges of interstate communication of a threat to injure, interstate communication with intent to extort, and interstate stalking.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, FUREY faces 5 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.  17-07

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on May 11, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • PAUL BRIAN HARWOOD, a 36-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and domestic abuse by a habitual offender.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, HARWOOD faces 10 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.  17-30
  • ROBERT DAVID LINN, JR., a 52-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LINN faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Great Falls Police Department, and Russell Country Drug Task Force.  PACER Case Reference.  17-31

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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Keri Leggett Acting Public Information Officer (406) 761-7715
Updated May 19, 2017