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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 10, 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 June 7, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • RONALD RAY HORNER, a 56-year-old resident of Walsenburg, Colorado, appeared on charges of transportation of child pornography.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, HORNER faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and lifetime supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, Canada Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Southern Alberta Internet Child Exploitation Team.  PACER Case Reference. 16-40

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on June 6, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • ZANE COLTIN CHANDLER, a 24-year-old resident of Babb, appeared on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, and accessory after the fact.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, CHANDLER 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. 16-49
  • QUADE SMITH, a 24-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, possession of a stolen firearm, and accessory after the fact.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, SMITH 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. 16-49

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

  • TERRANCE DELVETTEO WILLIAMS, a 36-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, WILLIAMS faces 5 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. 16-26

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

  • CHANCE BILLY JOE DEHART, a 29-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, DEHART faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines, and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.  PACER Case Reference. 15-150
  • ALDEN LEE WILSON, a 41-year-old resident of Billings, 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, WILSON faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines, and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the HIDTA Task Force. PACER Case Reference. 15-63

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on May 25, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • PHYLLIS LYNN TATSEY, a 53-year-old resident of Spokane, Washington, 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, TATSEY 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs.  PACER Case Reference. 16-16

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on May 25, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JOSHUA JAMES COOLEY, a 32-year-old resident of Sheridan, Wyoming, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, COOLEY faces life in prison, $5,000,000 in fines, and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  PACER Case Reference. 16-42
  • RANDY FALLS DOWN, a 51-year-old resident of Pryor, appeared on charges of willful failure to file return.  If convicted of the charge contained in the information, FALLS DOWN faces 1 year in prison, $100,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service.  PACER Case Reference. 16-37
  • PETER JOHN JEFFERSON, a 48-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on charges of abusive sexual contact with a minor.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, JEFFERSON faces 2 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and lifetime supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.    PACER Case Reference. 16-44
  • DAVID ANDREW WALKSALONG, JR., an 18-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of assault resulting in seriously bodily injury, and assault with a dangerous weapon.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, WALKSALONG 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs.  PACER Case Reference. 16-56

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on May 24, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • THOMAS GREGORY BAILEY, a 37-year-old transient, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and 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, BAILEY faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines, and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force.  PACER Case Reference. 15-65
  • ALFONSO BANDERAS-MARTINEZ, a 24-year-old resident of New York City, New York, 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, BANDERAS-MARTINEZ  faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines, and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  PACER Case Reference. 16-53

 

  • JOATHAM LEIGHT ECHAGILE, a 28-year-old resident of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm in a school zone.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ECHAGILE 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. 16-15
  • ANGEL GUZMAN-BANDEROS, a 19-year-old resident of San Jose, 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, GUZMAN-BANDEROS faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines, and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  PACER Case Reference. 16-53
  • LUIS FELIPE LOPEZ-ROJAS, a 22-year-old resident of San Jose, 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, LOPEZ-ROJAS faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines, and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  PACER Case Reference. 16-53
  • CHARLES JESSE SANCHEZ, JR., a 50-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, SANCHEZ 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. 16-40

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on May 23, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • THELMA FAY PEPION, a 49-year-old resident of Browning, 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, PEPION 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. 16-27

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Lynch in Missoula on May 19, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • NICHOLAUS WADE MANGELS, a 29-year-old resident of Polson, appeared on charges of receipt of child pornography.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, MANGELS faces 5 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and lifetime supervised release.  The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Flathead County Sheriff’s Office.    PACER Case Reference. 16-06

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on May 17, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • BRIAN KELLY EAGLEMAN, a 53-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of theft from an Indian Tribal organization.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, EAGLEMAN faces 5 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  PACER Case Reference. 16-35
  • BRIAN KELLY EAGLEMAN, a 53-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of income tax evasion and failure to file a currency transaction report.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, EAGLEMAN faces 5 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service.  PACER Case Reference. 16-41
  • VIOLET LYNN EAGLEMAN, a 47-year-old resident of Havre, appeared on charges of income tax evasion and failure to file a currency transaction report.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, EAGLEMAN faces 5 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service.  PACER Case Reference. 16-41

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 June 10, 2016