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Informational: Federal Court arraignments

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

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that the following persons were arraigned or appeared this week before U.S. Magistrate judges on indictments handed down by the Grand Jury or on criminal complaints. The charging documents are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on Jan. 26 was:

Elijah James Rideshorse, 30, of Billings on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth and felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Rideshorse faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Rideshorse was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Billings Police Department, Montana Highway Patrol, Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services, Glacier County Sheriff’s Office and Cut Bank Police Department investigated the case.

PACER case reference. 20-87.

The progress of cases may be monitored through the U.S. District Court Calendar and the PACER system. To establish a PACER account, which provides electronic access to review documents filed in a case, please visit To access the District Court’s calendar, please visit






Clair Johnson Howard
Public Affairs Officer

Updated January 29, 2021