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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 25, 2022

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 March 24 was:

Kyngsten Bargar, 29, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. If convicted of the most serious crime, Bargar faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Bargar was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI’s Western Transnational Organized Crime Task Force and the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-29.

Appearing on March 22 was:

Daniel Joseph Martz, 44, address unknown, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. If convicted of the most serious crime, Martz faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Martz was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-18.

Joseph Wayne Cantrell, 28, of Billings, on charges of carjacking, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and prohibited person in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serous crime, Cantrell faces a mandatory minimum five years to life in prison, consecutive to any other punishment, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release on possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, with a possible a mandatory minimum seven years to life in prison, consecutive to any other punishment, if found to have brandished a firearm. Cantrell was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-15.

Appearing on March 21 was:

Tyson Daniel Lingelbach, 36, of Billings, on charges of possession of an unregistered firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Lingelbach faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Lingelbach was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-115.

Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on March 22 was:

Heather Dawn Smith, also known as Heather Dawn Yellow Owl, 31, of Wolf Point, on charges of second degree murder. If convicted of the most serious crime, Smith faces a maximum of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. Smith was released pending further proceedings. The FBI and Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-15.

Shelby Loves Him, 23, of Poplar, on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and felony child abuse. If convicted of the most serious crime, Loves Him faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Loves Him was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI, Montana Highway Patrol and Fort Peck Tribes Police Department investigated the case.  PACER case reference. 22-20.

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 J. Howard Public Affairs Officer 406-247-4623
Press Release Number: 
22-075
Updated March 25, 2022