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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Information: Federal Court Arraignments

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 November 26, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

• CRYSTALYNN ROSE SHOULDERBLADE, a 38-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine on premises where children are present/reside. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, SHOULDERBLADE faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference: 14-121

• ISAAC JOHN WASHINGTON, JR., a 32-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine on premises where children are present/reside. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, WASHINGTON faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference: 14-121

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch in Missoula on November 25, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

• BRIAN LEE CROY, a 37-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, CROY 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, Bozeman Police Department and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. PACER Case Reference: 14-25

• NICHOLAS CLINTON HOLT, a 32-year-old resident of Havre, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, HOLT faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Great Falls Police Department, Tri-Agency Task Force and the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office. PACER Case Reference: 14-43

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on November 25, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

• MELODY BILLY HENRY, a 50-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal funding and theft from an Indian tribal organization. If convicted of the most serious charge 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 Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-97

• AMBER NICOLE WELLS, a 30-year-old resident of La Junta, Colorado, appeared on charges of theft from an Indian gaming establishment. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, WELLS 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: 14-55

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on November 24, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

• AUSTIN ALLEN ALLERY, a 19-year-old resident of Miles City, appeared on charges of possession of stolen firearms and robbery involving motor vehicles. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ALLERY 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: 14-57

• WARRECO J. KILLSNIGHT, a 32-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, KILLSNIGHT 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: 14-84

• LESTER PINEX III, a 26-year-old resident of Gary, Indiana, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, PINEX 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: 14-88

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on November 21, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

• JASON LEROY BIRDTAIL, JR., a 26-year-old resident of the Fort Belknap Reservation, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, assault with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated sexual abuse. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, BIRDTAIL faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference: 14-105

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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