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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 11, 2016

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 Johnston in Great Falls on March 8, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • CHERYL LYNN LITTLE DOG, a 43-year-old resident of East Glacier, appeared on charges of harboring a fugitive, and false statements to federal law enforcement.If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, LITTLE DOG faces 5 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service.PACER Case Reference.  16-09

  • HEATHER RAE SCHWARZROCK, a 25-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of theft from a local government receiving federal funding and theft.If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, SCHWARZROCK 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.  16-07

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on March 8, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • ASHLEY SHANTELL REYNA, a 28-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of false statement during purchase of a firearm.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, REYNA 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.  16-29

  • TERRY MALENE SEMINOLE, a 54-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, SEMINOLE faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.PACER Case Reference.  16-11

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on March 7, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • SEIVERT DAYDRILL RUNNINGCRANE, a 34-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, RUNNINGCRANE 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 Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services.PACER Case Reference.  16-17

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on March 7, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JOSE ANTONIO GOMEZ-GRANDA, a 37-year-old citizen of Peru, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, GOMEZ-GRANDA faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.The case was investigated by the HIDTA.PACER Case Reference.  16-28

  • ROBERTA LOUISE HART, a 28-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, HART faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.PACER Case Reference.  15-130

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on March 4, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • RENE FLORES, a 38-year-old resident of Tacoma, Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, FLORES faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.The case was investigated by the HIDTA.PACER Case Reference.  16-28

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on March 3, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JOHN LAWRENCE FELLER, JR., a 34-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of felony child abuse.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, FELLER faces 10 years in prison, $50,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.PACER Case Reference.  16-10

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on March 2, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • NATHAN MARTIN SHIKE, a 42-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, SHIKE 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.  15-152

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on February 29, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • CODY ALAN CHURCHILL, a 22-year-old resident of Roundup, appeared on charges of possession of an unregistered firearm.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, CHURCHILL faces 10 years in prison, $10,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.PACER Case Reference.  15-119

  • JEFFERSON SCOTT PERRIGO, a 42-year-old resident of Laurel, appeared on charges of possession of a stolen firearm.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, PERRIGO 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.  15-120

  • RUSSELL KAY VANDYKE, a 38-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, VANDYKE 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.  16-23

    Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on February 29, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • THOMAS JOSEPH WEHNER, a 40-year-old resident of Moyie Springs, Idaho, appeared on charges of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, felon in possession of firearms, possession of stolen firearms, and transportation of stolen firearms.If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, WEHNER faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 6 years supervised release.The case was investigated by the Russell Country Drug Task Force and the Great Falls Police Department.PACER Case Reference.  16-14

  • 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.

MELISSA HORNBEIN, Public Information Officer, (406) 457-5277
Updated March 11, 2016