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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 Sept. 29 was:

Brandon James Cross, 33, of Billings, on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, receipt of firearm while under indictment, possession of unregistered silencer and possession of firearm with obliterated serial number. If convicted of the most serious crime, Cross faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Cross was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-105.

Josh Owen Cantrell, 32, of Billings, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. If convicted of the most serious crime, Cantrell faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Cantrell was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-97.

Appearing on Sept. 27 was:

Tyler Dale Medicine Horse, 37, of Gillette, Wyoming, on charges of prohibited person in possession of firearm and possession of unregistered firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Medicine Horse faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Medicine Horse was released pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-69.

Kyle Ray Schwindt, 21, of Billings, and Jeffrey Mayes Wilkerson, 39, of Billings, on charges of attempted coercion and enticement and possession of child pornography. If convicted of the most serious crime, Schwindt and Wilkerson face a mandatory minimum of 10 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years to life of supervised release. Schwindt and Wilkerson were detained pending further proceedings. The FBI and Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-112.

Appearing in Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto and pleading not guilty on Sept. 27 was:

Matthew Lucas Jones, 42, of Missoula, on charges of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of unregistered firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Jones faces a mandatory minimum five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release. Jones was detained pending further proceedings. The Missoula Police Department, Montana Probation and Parole, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-42.

Appearing in Great Falls before Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris and pleading not guilty on Sept. 29 was:

Michael Peter Barton, 53, of Great Falls, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, Barton faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Barton was released pending further proceedings. Homeland Security Investigations, the Great Falls Police Department and U.S. Postal Service investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-65.

Appearing on Sept. 28 before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston was:

Kyle J. Adcock, 36, of Helena, on charges of forging a security of an organization affecting interstate commerce, embezzlement and theft of labor union assets and falsification of annual  financial report filed by labor union. If convicted of the most serious crime, Adcock faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Adcock was released pending further proceedings. The National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Department of Labor-Management Services investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-7.

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

Updated September 30, 2022

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Release Number: 22-324