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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 16, 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 Johnson in Great Falls on September 15, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • KEITH JOSEPH HANKS, a 433year-old resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, appeared on charges of second degree murder.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, HANKS 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. 16-59

  • JANELLE RED DOG, a 42-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of first degree murder, second degree murder, felony child abuse and accessory after the fact.If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, RED DOG 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. 16-60

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on September 12, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • KERIANN RUTH REED, a 27-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, REED faces life in prison, $5,000,000 in fines, and 5 years supervised release.The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.PACER Case Reference. 16-65

    Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on September 6, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JUSTIN R. SUNDSTROM, a 30-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, SUNDSTROM 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. 16-22

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Lynch in Missoula on September 1, 2016 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • NICHOLAS DENNIS LAMERE, JR., a 44-year-old resident of Marion, appeared on charges of failure to register as a sex offender.If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, LAMERE 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. 16-33

  • MICHAEL WAYNE POWELL, a 38-year-old resident of Lolo, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine.If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, POWELL 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. 16-35

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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MELISSA HORNBEIN, Public Information Officer, (406) 457-5277
Updated September 16, 2016