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Information: Federal Court Initial Appearances

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

The United States Attorney's Office today announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, Montana, on January 14, 2014, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong, the following individual appeared:

  • DAVID J. LEWIS, a 50 year-old resident of Brockton made an initial appearance on a complaint alleging second degree murder. He is currently detained. If formally charged with this offense by indictment, LEWIS, faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release.. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation is a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. PACER Case Reference: 14-02

A complaint is merely a written statement of the essential facts constituting the offense(s) charged. It is not proof of guilt and all persons indicted are presumed to be innocent of any crime until proof of guilt is established by trial or guilty plea.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently transitioning its media program to new media contacts. Resources and this transition may affect the amount of information the office can process and disclose in a timely manner.

Therefore, 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,

To access the district court's calendar, please go to

Updated January 14, 2015