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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 28, 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 April 27, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • MARK STEVEN ELK SHOULDER, a 50-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of failure to register.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, ELK SHOULDER faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release.  The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.  PACER Case Reference.  17-40
  • CHRISTOPHER RAY METZGER, a 41-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of concealing a person from arrest.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, METZGER faces 5 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release.  The case was investigated by the FBI Task Force.  PACER Case Reference.  17-46

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Cavan in Billings on April 26, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • FRANCISCO CALDERON, a 47-year-old resident of San Jose, California, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, CALDERON 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.  17-36
  • LUIS JAVIER GASPAR, a 19-year-old resident of San Jose, California, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, GASPAR 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.  17-36

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

  • WILLIAM THOMAS HAYNES, a 43-year-old resident of St. Xavier, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, HAYNES 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 Golden Valley County Sheriff’s Office.  PACER Case Reference.  17-42

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

  • LOYAL JUDE HOGAN, a 32-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on charges of abusive sexual contact with a minor.  If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, HOGAN 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.  17-14

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on April 18, 2017 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • BRANDEN CONRAD MIESMER, a 27-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of carjacking.  If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, MIESMER faces 15 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

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 April 28, 2017