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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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 Johnston in Great Falls on February 10, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JAMES CAMPBELL, a 37-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of strangulation.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, CAMPBELL faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law & Justice. PACER Case Reference:  15-15
  • SARA LYNN DARNELL, a 42-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, DARNELL faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and 4 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  PACER Case Reference:  15-13
  • GARY O’NEAL DRUM, a 27-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of burglary.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, DRUM faces 20 years in prison, $50,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law & Justice. PACER Case Reference:  15-14
  • JEFFERY JOHN HELM, a 60-year-old resident of Nashua, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and morphine, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and morphine, and distribution of oxycodone and morphine.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, HELM faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  PACER Case Reference:  15-12

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch in Missoula on February 10, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • ERIKA RAE BROWN, a 44-year-old resident of San Diego, California, appeared on charges of money laundering and false statements to a government agency.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, BROWN faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Services.  PACER Case Reference:  15-01
  • ROBIN RENEE SERVERA, a 44-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, SERVERA faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and 4 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Missouri River Drug Task Force.  PACER Case Reference:  15-04

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Johnston in Great Falls on February 9, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • TERRY MICHAEL CROFF, a 55-year-old resident of Cut Bank, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, CROFF faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  PACER Case Reference:  15-11
  • AUSTIN JAY MANCHA, a 32-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, use and brandishing of a firearm during a crime of violence and felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, MANCH 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:  15-10
  • SEAN MILO STIFFARM, a 24-year-old resident of Harlem, appeared on charges of involuntary manslaughter.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, STIFFARM faces 8 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fort Belknap Law Enforcement Services.  PACER Case Reference:  15-08

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch in Missoula on February 6, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • OSCAR VILLALOBOS, a 26-year-old resident of Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy 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, VILLALOBOS faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Missoula HIDTA.  PACER Case Reference:  15-02

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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Updated February 10, 2015