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 Jan. 7 was:
Breanne Lee Wieder, 30, of Billings, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. If convicted of the most serious crime, Wieder faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Wieder was detained pending further proceedings. The Billings Police Department, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-138.
Appearing on Jan. 8 was:
Amy Kathleen Sullivan, 50, of Lavina, 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, Sullivan faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Sullivan was detained pending further proceedings. The FBI West task force investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-132.
Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on Jan. 7 was:
Brian Dean Ward, 35, and Terence Kenneth Holloway, 23, both of Chicago, IL, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. If convicted of the most serious crime, Ward and Holloway face a minimum mandatory five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and four years of supervised release. Ward was detained pending further proceedings. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Great Falls Police Department, Russell Country Task Force, U.S. Marshals Service and Teton County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Pacer case reference. 19-89.
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.