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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 15, 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 Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto and pleading not guilty on Oct. 14 was:

Mary Schmidt Monahan, 61, of Missoula, on charges of unlawfully obtaining a controlled substance. If convicted of the most serious crime, Monahan faces a maximum four years in prison, a $250,000 fine and one year of supervised release. Monahan was released pending further proceedings. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-45.

Appearing in Billings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan and pleading not guilty on Oct. 12 was:

Cody James Meeks 26, of Billings, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Meeks faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Meeks was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-75.

Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on Oct. 12 was:

Jeremy John Walston, 36, of Conrad, on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Walston faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Walston was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-66.

Marlina Nannett Martinez, 23, of Wolf Point, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious crime, Martinez faces a mandatory minimum five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release. Martinez was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fort Peck Law Enforcement Services and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-25.

Dakota Houle, 25, unknown residence, on charges of assault with intent to commit murder, kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault resulting in serious bodily injury and use of a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted of the most serious crime, Houle faces a maximum of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. Houle was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-59.

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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Clair J. Howard Public Affairs Officer 406-247-4623
Updated October 15, 2021