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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 29, 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 April 28 was:

Nicholas James Real Bird, 28, of Billings, on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and prohibited person in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Real Bird faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and at least three years of supervised release. Real Bird was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-46.

Appearing on April 27 was:

Cole Michael Graves, 22, of Billings, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm and receipt of a firearm while under indictment. If convicted of the most serious crime, Graves faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Graves was released pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-41.

Appearing on April 26 was:

Nathaniel Jay Reed, 35, of Hardin, on charges of failure to register as a sex offender. If convicted of the most serious crime, Reed faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least five years of supervised release. Reed was detained pending further proceedings. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-47.

Daniel Thomas Whitby, 36, of Billings, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. If convicted of the most serious crime, Whitby faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Whitby was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-50.

Makyla Shayd Fetter, 27, of Harlem, and Taliah Jeneane Ramirez, 22, of Billings, on charges of robbery affecting commerce, possession of firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm in a school zone. If convicted of the most serious crime, Fetter and Ramirez face a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release on the robbery charge and a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, consecutive to any other crime, on the charge of possessing a firearm during a crime of violence. Fetter and Ramirez were detained pending further proceedings. The FBI investigated the case.  PACER case reference. 22-40.

Keaton Trey Souza, 20, of Billings, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Souza faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Souza was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-48.

Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on April 26 was:

Marco Antonio Cruz-Soriano, 38, of Honduras, on charges of illegal reentry of removed alien. If convicted of the most serious crime Cruz-Soriano faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. The U.S. Border Patrol and Toole County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-26.

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 Johnson Howard Public Affairs Officer 406-247-4623
Press Release Number: 
22-114
Updated April 29, 2022