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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 22, 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 Lynch in Missoula on September 19, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

BRIAN ROSS SHIRLEY, a 33-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, SHIRLEY faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Missouri River Drug Task Force. PACER Case Reference: 14-16

RONNIE LYNN SMITH, SR., a 41-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, SMITH faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. PACER Case Reference: 14-87

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on September 22, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

JUSTIN LEN COCHRAN, a 27-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, COCHRAN 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: 14-75

FRANK GEORGE HENRY, a 51-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of conspiracy to embezzle federal grand and contract funds, theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal funding, bribery, and theft from and Indian tribal organization. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, HENRY faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency Officer of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-66

MELODY BILLY HENRY, a 49-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of conspiracy to embezzle federal grand and contract funds, theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal funding, bribery, and theft from and Indian tribal organization. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, HENRY faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency Officer of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-66

BERNARD JOHN LAMBERT, a 66-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of wire fraud and theft from a local government receiving federal funds. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, LAMBERT faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency Officer of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-68

DESIREE DEAN KIRN LAMBERT, a 58-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of wire fraud, theft from a local government receiving federal funds, and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, LAMBERT faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency Officer of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-68

KAYCEE DINARD LAMBERT, a 35-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of wire fraud and theft from a local government receiving federal funds. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, LAMBERT faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency Officer of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-68

KAYLA LOU ANN LAMBERT, a 30-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of wire fraud and theft from a local government receiving federal funds. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, LAMBERT faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency Officer of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-68

CHRISTOPHER TODD STEFANI, a 46-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine on premises where children are present, and possession of a listed chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LAMBERT faces 40 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Great Falls Police Department. PACER Case Reference: 14-76

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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