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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 Billings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan and pleading not guilty on Dec. 29 was:

Jesse Lee Hopkins, 38, a transient, on charges of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Hopkins faces a maximum of 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine and five years of supervised release on the bank fraud charge and a mandatory minimum two years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and one year of supervised release on the aggravated identity theft charge. Hopkins was detained pending further proceedings. Homeland Security Investigations and the Billings Police Department investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-108.

Joseph Lee Doney, 41, of Billings, on charges of prohibited person in possession of firearm and ammunition—armed career criminal, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of body armor by a violent felon. If convicted of the most serious crime, Doney faces a mandatory minimum 15 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. Doney was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-146.

Appearing on Dec. 28 was:

Geofredo James Littlebird, Jr., 38, of Lame Deer, on charges of prohibited person in possession of firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Littlebird faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Littlebird was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI investigated the case.  PACER case reference. 22-149.

Appearing on Dec. 27 was:

Michael Joseph Owens, 42, of Aurora, Colorado, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted of the most serious crime, Owens faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release on the drug counts and a mandatory minimum five years to life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release on the firearm count. Owens was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, Montana Highway Patrol and Laurel Police Department investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-144.

Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on Dec. 28 was:

Alex George Deserly, 43, of Box Elder, on charges of strangulation and assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to intimate partner. If convicted of the most serious crime, Deserly faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Deserly was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI and Rocky Boy’s Police Department investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-101.

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 http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the District Court’s calendar, please visit https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

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Contact

Clair Johnson Howard

Public Affairs Officer

406-247-4623

Updated December 29, 2022

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Release Number: 22-309