U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Montana
(406) 657-6101
May 6, 2015

Information: Federal Court Arraignments

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that those persons listed below were arraigned before the U.S. Magistrate and the indictments handed down by the Grand Jury unsealed.

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on May 6, 2015, and entering please of Not Guilty were:

  • MELVIN MOSES LILLEY, III, a 22-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LILLEY faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. PACER Case Reference. 15-16

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynch in Missoula on May 6, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • CHRISTOPHER KELLY FERRARI, a 40-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of possession of a firearm not registered in the national firearms registration and transfer record and felon in possession of firearms. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, FERRARI faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Flathead County Sheriff’s Office. PACER Case Reference. 15-08
  • THOMAS AARON WADDLE, a 41-year-old resident of Butte, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, WADDLE faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. PACER Case Reference. 15-24

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on May1, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • DELVENE MARIE EAGLEMAN, a 38-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, EAGLEMAN faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case reference. 15-23

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 so that you stay current and not miss any important developments in the case.

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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