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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 22, 2018

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 Lynch in Missoula on March 20, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • KATHERINE MARIE WAAYENBERG, a 30-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on charges of wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, WAAYENBERG faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.   PACER Case Reference.  18-05

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on March 20, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • RICHARD PAUL HALL, a 59-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of distribution of methamphetamine.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, HALL faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the FBI Task Force.  PACER Case Reference.  18-21
  • THEO BRUCE MYERS, a 42-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.   If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, MYERS faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the FBI Task Force.   PACER Case Reference.  18-24

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on March 15, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JAIR DE JESUS CARRILLO-GUARDADO, a 34-year-old resident of Mexico, appeared on charges of illegal reentry of deported alien.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, CARRILLO-GUARDADO faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  PACER Case Reference.  18-33
  • VIOLET C. CRNICH, a 34-year-old resident of Billings, 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 charge contained in the indictment, CRNICH faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and 4 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and Eastern Montana HIDTA.   PACER Case Reference.  18-16
  • CHRISTIAN DANIEL TAKESENEMY, a 20-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared on charges of failure to register as a sexual offender.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, TAKESENEMY 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.  18-30

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on March 14, 2018 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • GORDON LARRY AHENAKEW, JR., a 31-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to intimate and dating partner.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, AHENAKEW 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.  18-07
  • SCOTT JORDAN KOHL aka RYAN WADE DUPREE, a 30-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, DUPREE faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.   PACER Case Reference.  18-20
  • THOMAS NELSON TOMKO, II, a 24-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, TOMKO 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.  18-17

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 March 22, 2018