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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 11, 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 March 10, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • WYATT CAMERON MONTCLAIR, a 20-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of involuntary manslaughter.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, MONTCLAIR 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 the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.  PACER Case Reference:  15-21
  • BRANDON LEE ROMERO, a 20-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of burglary and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ROMERO faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.  PACER Case Reference:  15-19
  • JENNIFER RAE SALAZAR, a 28-year-old resident of Washington, 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, SALAZAR faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  PACER Case Reference:  14-39

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on March 9, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • DANNY LEWIS FROST, a 61-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with 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, FROST 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 Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.  PACER Case Reference:  15-18
  • PATRICK CLEARY HECK, a 54-year-old resident of Sidney, appeared on charges of failure to register as a sexual offender.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, HECK faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release.  The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.  PACER Case Reference:  15-18

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch in Missoula on March 5, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • SPENCER ROBERT RICE, a 28-year-old resident of Belgrade, appeared on charges of receipt of child pornography.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, RICE faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Bozeman Police Department.  PACER Case Reference:  15-15

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Johnston in Great Falls on March 5, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • MELISSA ANN BOUTWELL, a 31-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of false statement in connection with purchase of a firearm and false declaration before grand jury.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, BOUTWELL faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.  PACER Case Reference:  15-18

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Johnston in Great Falls on March 3, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • DONELLE PARKER, a 43-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of robbery.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, PARKER faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. PACER Case Reference:  15-02
  • OLYN PAYNE, a 35-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of robbery.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, PAYNE faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. 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 March 11, 2015