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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 24, 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 Ostby in Billings on June 23, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • KRISTA LYNN MARTINEZ, a 36-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, MARTINEZ faces life in prison, $5,000,000 in fines, and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  PACER Case Reference. 16-58

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

  • RICHARD LEE BROOME, a 58-year-old resident of El Granada, California, appeared on charges of conspiracy to defraud the Chippewa Cree Tribe, scheme to defraud the Chippewa Cree Tribe by wire, bribery/offering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, BROOME faces 20 years in prison, $2,400,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.  PACER Case Reference. 16-19
  • JOHN WILLIAM LIEBA II, a 21-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of kidnapping of an individual under 18, aggravated sexual abuse, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury on an individual under 18.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LIEBA faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines, and lifetime supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol and Customs and Border Protection.  PACER Case Reference. 16-51

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Lynch in Missoula on June 22, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • WILLIAM DONALD FLEINER, a 65-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on charges of theft from a local government receiving federal funding.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, FLEINER faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Montana Division of Criminal Investigations and Homeland Security Investigations.  PACER Case Reference. 16-08

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on June 22, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • SHEILA AYALA, a 31-year-old resident of Long Beach, California, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, AYALA 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. 16-71
  • KEVIN WELCH, a 33-year-old resident of Hallandale Beach, Florida, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone, and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, WELCH 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. 16-71

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Lynch in Missoula on June 21, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • LINDA PAULINE ALLEN, a 45-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of wire fraud.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, ALLEN faces 20 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. 16-20
  • LINDA SCHILKE MAVITY, a 68-year-old resident of Victor, appeared on charges of social security fraud.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, MAVITY faces 5 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.  PACER Case Reference. 16-23

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on June 21, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • GARY JOSEPH CONTI, a 70-year-old resident of Three Forks, appeared on charges of escape.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, CONTI faces 5 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Internal Revenue Service.  PACER Case Reference. 16-18

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on June 15, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • MARTIN GASPER MAZZARA, a 50-year-old resident of Henderson, Nevada, appeared on charges of conspiracy to defraud the Chippewa Cree Tribe, scheme to defraud the Chippewa Cree Tribe by wire, bribery/offering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, MAZZARA faces 20 years in prison, $2,400,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.  PACER Case Reference. 16-19
  • DELVIN CONRAD CHAD RED EAGLE, a 23-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of second degree murder, and use and discharge of firearm during a crime of violence.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, RED EAGLE faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines, and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.  PACER Case Reference. 16-45
  • ZACHARY BROOKE ROBERTS, a 45-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to defraud the Chippewa Cree Tribe, scheme to defraud the Chippewa Cree Tribe by wire, bribery/offering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, ROBERTS faces 20 years in prison, $2,400,000 in fines, and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.  PACER Case Reference. 16-19

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on June 15, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • DOUGLAS DANIEL MEDINA, JR., a 39-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, MEDINA 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. 16-67
  • PAUL J. LOYNING, a 40-year-old resident of Colstrip, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, LOYNING faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines, and 4 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the FBI Task Force.  PACER Case Reference. 16-54

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on June 14, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JASON LEE SPARKS, a 40-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, SPARKS 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. 16-30
  • TRENT STANDING ROCK, a 43-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of theft by employee of an Indian gaming establishment.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, STANDING ROCK faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 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. 16-47

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 24, 2016