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 Dec. 2 was:
Justin Zane Gobert, 37, of Browning, on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact. If convicted of the most serious crime, Gobert faces a minimum mandatory 30 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years to life of supervised release. Gobert was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI and Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services. Pacer case reference. 19-81.
Appearing in Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto and pleading not guilty on Dec. 4 was:
Shannon Marie O’Brien Murphy, 58, of St. Ignatius, on charges of wire fraud. If convicted of the most serious crime, Murphy faces a maximum 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Murphy was released pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI. Pacer case reference. 19-54.
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.