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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 25, 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 Missoula before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen and pleading not guilty on Oct. 23 was:

Paul Aaron Champion, 52, of Missoula, on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Champion faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Champion was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Missoula Police Department and Montana Probation and Parole investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-41.

Appearing in Billings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan and pleading not guilty on Oct. 24 was:

Mark Allen Heimer, 59, of Columbus, on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, Heimer faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and five years of supervised release. Heimer was released pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Pacer case reference. 19-133.

Appearing on Oct. 25 and pleading not guilty was:

Michael Troy Webb, Jr., 36, of Charlotte, MI, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and heroin, possession with intent to distribute meth and heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted of the most serious crime, Webb faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Webb was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Pacer case reference. 19-121.

Lyn American Horse Jr., 25, of Lame Deer, on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon. If convicted of the most serious crime, American Horse faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. American Horse was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI.  Pacer case reference. 19-10.

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 October 25, 2019