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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 Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on Nov. 15 was:

Jordan Paige Day, 24, of Wolf Point, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. If convicted of the most serious crime, Day faces a mandatory minimum five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release. Day was released pending further proceedings. The FBI, Idaho State Police, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-74.

Kevin Clarence Bell, 44, of Great Falls, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. If convicted of the most serious crime, Bell faces a mandatory minimum five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release. Bell was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI, Great Falls Police Department, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, US. Postal Inspection Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-89.

Appearing in Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto and pleading not guilty on Nov. 17 was:

Marcyanna Rose Dimond, 44, of Polson, on charges of possession with intent to distribute meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, Dimond faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Dimond was detained pending further proceedings. The Northwest Drug Task Force, Flathead Tribal Police Department and Montana Probation and Parole investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-48.

Appearing on Nov. 15 was:

Candy Lynn Coleman, aka Candy Lynn Anderson, 47, of Missoula, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious crime, Coleman faces a mandatory minimum five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release. Coleman was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI, Great Falls Police Department and Missoula Police Department investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-90.

Aaron Lee Grossman, 50, of Washington, Utah, on charges of theft of government money, false claims to government agency and Social Security fraud. If convicted of the most serious crime, Grossman faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Grossman was released pending further proceedings. The Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-49.

Appearing in Billings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan and pleading not guilty on Nov. 17 was:

Casey Wallace Leider, 31, of Hardin, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. If convicted of the most serious crime, Leider faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Leider was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Investigated the case. PACER case reference. 21-105.

Appearing on Nov. 15 was:

James “JC” Luis Costilla, 34, of Lame Deer, and Ivan Eaglefeathers, 19, of Busby, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth, possession with intent to distribute meth and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense. If convicted of the most serious crime, Costilla and Eaglefeathers face a mandatory minimum five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release on the drug counts and a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release on the firearm count. Costilla and Eaglefeathers were detained pending further proceedings. The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-89.

Wendell Monroe Lefthand, 53, of Lodge Grass, on charges of assault of spouse resulting in substantial bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon. If convicted of the most serious crime, Lefthand faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Lefthand was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-123.

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
406-246-4623

Updated November 18, 2022

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Release Number: 22-283