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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Informational: Federal Court arraignments

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 June 15 was:

Jesse Jon Strack, 40, of Billings, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Strack faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Strack was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-29.

Douglas Lynn Vanderslice, 35, of Butte, on charges of unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Vanderslice faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Vanderslice was released pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-36.

Donald Ray Gardner, 58, of Lodge Grass, on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and abusive sexual contact. If convicted of the most serious crime, Gardner faces a maximum of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. Gardner was released pending further proceedings. The FBI investigated the case. PACER case reference. 20-70.

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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Updated June 17, 2021