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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 26, 2019

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 25 was:

JEREMY AARON SCHULER, 31, of Bellevue, WA, on charges of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. If convicted of the most serious crime, Schuler faces a minimum mandatory five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and four years of supervised release. Schuler was detained. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Pacer case reference. 19-54.

HERMAN ELISEO MENENDEZ, 24, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. If convicted of the most serious crime, Mendenez faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and five years of supervised release. Menendez was detained. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Pacer case reference. 19-48.

BLAKE ZELON ISGET, 24, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. If convicted of the most serious crime, Isget faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and five years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Pacer case reference. 19-48.

GUS OLDBEAR, III, 20, of Garryowen, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. If convicted of the most serious crime, Oldbear faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Oldbear was released pending trial. The case was investigated by the FBI. Pacer case reference. 19-34.

CHRISTIAN DANIEL TAKESENEMY, AKA CHRISTIAN DANIEL YARLOTT, 22, of unknown residence, on charges of theft within Indian Country. If convicted of the most serious crime, Takesenemy faces a maximum five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Takesenemy was detained. The case was investigated by the FBI. Pacer case reference. 19-57.

FRANK BRENT FLYING, SR., 35, of Lame Deer, on charges of assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a spouse, dating or intimate partner. If convicted of the most serious crime, Flying faces a maximum five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Flying was released pending trial. The case was investigated by the FBI. Pacer case reference. 19-30.

SCOT DONALD PETRIE, 61, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy, coercion and enticement and transportation of a person with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. If convicted of the most serious crime, Petrie faces a maximum 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years to life of supervised release. Petrie was released pending trial. The case was investigated by the FBI. Pacer case reference. 19-33.

Appearing on April 22 was:

SHAUN DANIEL NIMOCKS, 41, of Missoula, 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, Nimocks faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and five years of supervised release. Nimocks was detained. The case was investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Pacer case reference. 19-35.

SEBASTION JOEL GUETTER, 20, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, Guetter faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and five years of supervised release. Guetter was detained. The case was investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Billings Police Department. Pacer case reference. 18-129.  

MESKA ANN WHITEMAN, 38, of Lame Deer, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Whiteman faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Whiteman was detained. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Pacer case reference. 19-23.

JAMES ALEXANDER LAFORGE, 23, of Lame Deer, on charges of failure to register as a sex offender. If convicted of the most serious crime, LaForge faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years to life of supervised release. LaForge was detained. The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. Pacer case reference. 19-49.

Appearing in Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch and pleading not guilty on April 23 was:

CHARLES GIBSON BAILEY, 32, of West Yellowstone, on charges of prohibited person in possession of firearms and ammunition, possession of a destructive device and manufacture of a destructive device. If convicted of the most serious crime, Bailey faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Bailey was detained. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Yellowstone Police Department. Pacer case reference. 19-9.

If any of the above cases are of interest to your media organization and the community it serves, we encourage you to monitor the progress of the case regularly through the U.S. District Court calendar and the PACER system.

To establish a PACER account, which will allow you to review documents filed in the case, please go to, http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the district court’s calendar, please go to https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

 

 

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Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated April 26, 2019