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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 27, 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 Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on Sept. 25 was:

Lloyd Wallace Youpee, 92, of Poplar, on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact. If convicted of the most serious crime, Youpee faces a minimum mandatory 30 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. The FBI and Fort Peck Law Enforcement investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-70.

Appearing in Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto on a criminal complaint on Sept. 25 was:

Max Richard Arthur, 43, of Anaconda, on charges of prohibited person in possession of firearms and possession of an unregistered firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Arthur faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Arthur was detained pending further proceedings. The Anaconda Deer Lodge County Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.  Pacer case reference. 19-03.

Appearing on Sept. 24 and pleading not guilty was:

Brandon Richmond Turner, 29, of Missoula, on charges of felon in possession of firearms. If convicted of the most serious crime, Turner faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Turner was released pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-36.

Appearing on Sept. 24 on a criminal complaint was:

Adrian Hernandez Altamirano, 42, of Mexico, on charges of illegal reentry. If convicted of the most serious crime, Altamirano faces a maximum two years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Altamirano was detained pending further proceedings. The Bozeman Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-07.

Appearing on Sept. 23 and pleading not guilty was:

Carly Deann Halcro, 35, of Columbia Falls, on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious crime, Halcro faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Halcro was released pending further proceedings. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-15.

Appearing in Billings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan on Sept. 26 and pleading not guilty was:

Joshua A. Stops, 35, of Lodge Grass, on charges of assault by strangulation and suffocation. If convicted of the most serious crime, Stops faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Stops was released pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and FBI investigated the case.  Pacer case reference. 19-120.

Matthew Stephen Hays, 31, of Baker, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Hays faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Hays was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-67.

Donald Raymond Foote, Jr., 49, of Cody, Wyo., on charges of stalking and interstate violation of a protective order. If convicted of the most serious crime, Foote faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Foote was released pending further proceedings. The FBI investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-95.

Appearing on Sept. 24 was:

Dominique Sebastian Paris, 32, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth, distribution of meth and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. If convicted of the most serious crime, Paris faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Paris was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI-West task force and Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-119.

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 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 September 27, 2019