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 Feb. 10 was:
Shawndra Marie Pietz, 35, of Billings, on charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of the most serious crime, Pietz faces a maximum of 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release on the bank fraud crime and a mandatory minimum two years in prison consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and one years of supervised release on the aggravated identity theft crime. Pietz was detained pending further proceedings. The Billings Police Department investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-7.
Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on Feb. 8 was:
Hunter Dylan Bell, 28, of Great Falls, on charges of possession of an unregistered firearm, prohibited person in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute heroin. If convicted of the most serious crime, Bell faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and three years of supervised release. Bell was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Great Falls Police Department investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-1.
Jesus Zamora-Cuevas, 23, of Mexico, on charges of prohibited person in possession of firearm and ammunition and illegal re-entry. If convicted of the most serious crime, Zamora-Cuevas faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Zamora-Cuevas was detained pending further proceedings. Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-11.
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.
Clair J. Howard
Clair J. Howard
Public Affairs Officer
Updated February 11, 2022
Press Release Number: 22-039