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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 3, 2017

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 Cavan in Billings on January 30, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • ETHEL MARIE BRADY, a 38-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of involuntary manslaughter, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, BRADY 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.  17-02

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on January 25, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • ROBERT WESLEY LAFOUNTAIN, a 43-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on charges of assault resulting in substantial bodily injury, assault of a dating partner by strangulation, and interstate domestic violence.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LAFOUNTAIN 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.  16-120
  • JESSE JAMES MEYERS, a 25-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, MEYERS 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.  17-06

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on January 24, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • SEAN ROBERT ROBINSON, a 30-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ROBINSON 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 and the Great Falls Police Department.  PACER Case Reference.  16-39

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on January 24, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • DONALD THEODORE FULLER, a 33-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, FULLER faces life in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Eastern Montana HIDTA.  PACER Case Reference.  17-05

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on January 19, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • GILBERT DUANE BRADLEY, a 45-year-old resident of Harlem, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and assault with a dangerous weapon.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, BRADLEY 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 Fort Belknap Law Enforcement Services.  PACER Case Reference.  17-02

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on January 11, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • SIDNEY CHARLES DECRANE, a 39-year-old resident of Pryor, appeared on charges of abusive sexual contact with a minor.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, DECRANE 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.  16-118

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on January 10, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • HOLLY NICOLE NIEMI, a 37-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, NIEMI 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.  16-124

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on January 10, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • THOMAS LEE SCOTT, a 20-year-old resident of Chelsea, appeared on charges of involuntary manslaughter.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, SCOTT faces 8 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office.  PACER Case Reference.  16-83

 

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on January 9, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • MICHAEL EDWARD COPENHAVER, a 28-year-old resident of Belgrade, appeared on charges of possession of stolen firearm or ammunition, stealing firearm from a licensed dealer, 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, COPENHAVER 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 and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.  PACER Case Reference.  16-18

 

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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KERI LEGGETT, Acting Public Information Officer, (406) 761-7715
Updated February 3, 2017