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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Information: Federal Court Arraignments

The United States Attorney's Office today 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 May 15, 2014 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • MICHAEL LEWIS ANDREWS, a 64-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of threatening to destroy a building with explosives, false information and hoaxes. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, ANDREWS faces 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Violent Crime Task Force. PACER Case Reference: 14-26
  • DEANDRE LARON CLEMONS, 28-year-old resident of Flint, Michigan, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of heroin. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, CLEMONS faces 20 years imprisonment, $1,000,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Bozeman Police Department. PACER Case Reference: 14-10

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on May 15, 2014 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • TYLER ALLEN WILSON, a 25-year-old resident of Lewiston, appeared on charges of being a felon in possession. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, WILSON faces 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release. PACER Case Reference: 14-24

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on May 19, 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 charge contained in the indictment, DELCARMEN, faces life imprisonment, $10,000,000 in fines and 4 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Eastern Montana HIDTA, and Montana Division of Criminal Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-38
  • BRET ALLEN HITSHEW, a 48-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, HITSHEW faces 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Montana Highway Patrol. PACER Case Reference: 13-25

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on May 20, 2014 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • BRENDEN JAMES LEISCHNER, a 23-year old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, federal student aid fraud/false statements, federal student aid fraud/theft of government money, and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LEISCHNER faces 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Education. PACER Case Reference: 14-34
  • TAMMY KAY LEISCHNER, a 43-year-old resident of Laurel, appeared on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, federal student aid fraud/false statements, and federal student aid fraud/theft of government money. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LEISCHNER faces 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Education. PACER Case Reference: 14-34
  • MARK CRAIG LEISCHNER, a 47-year-old resident of Laurel, appeared on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, federal student aid fraud/false statements, federal student aid fraud/theft of government money, and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LEISCHNER faces 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Education. PACER Case Reference: 14-34

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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