U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Montana
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August 21, 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 Ostby in Billings on August 19, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • DEAN WALLOWING BULL, a 36-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of sexual abuse. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, WALLOWING BULL faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference. 15-32

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Lynch in Missoula on August 19, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JODY RAY KOESTLER, a 59-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared on charges of wire fraud; theft of government property and false statements. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, KOESTLER faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration. PACER Case Reference. 15-27

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on August 19, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • DAVE VICTOR FAST HORSE III, a 27-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of burglary. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, FAST HORSE faces 20 years in prison, $50,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. PACER Case Reference. 15-45

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Lynch in Missoula on August 18, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • LAVELLE ANTRON COTTON, a 34-year-old resident of Seattle, Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, COTTON faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. PACER Case Reference. 15-13
  • SERGIO DIAZ-HINOJOS, a 36-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, appeared on charges of illegal entry. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, DIAZ-HINOJOS faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. PACER Case Reference. 15-15
  • ALBERT PEDRO JAQUEZ, JR., a 35-year-old resident of Seattle, Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, JAQUEZ faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. PACER Case Reference. 15-13
  • JASON HOMER JENKINS, a 38-year-old resident of Belgrade, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, JENKINS 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. 15-31
  • DAVID LAWRENCE JENSEN, a 43-year-old resident of Columbia Falls, appeared on charges of felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, JENSEN 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. 15-15
  • TRITTNIE VON ROGERS, a 23-year-old resident of Seattle, Washington, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ROGERS faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. PACER Case Reference. 15-13
  • BOB YOUNG, a 64-year-old resident of Lima, appeared on charges of theft of government property and trees cut or injured. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the information, YOUNG faces one year in prison, $100,000 in fines and one year supervised release. The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. PACER Case Reference. 15-26

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls on August 18, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • REZAUL ALAM, a 28-year-old resident of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, appeared on charges of transporting illegal aliens and bringing aliens to the United States. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ALAM faces five years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. PACER Case Reference. 15-33

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on August 18, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • SAMUEL TAKESHORSE, a 58-year-old transient, appeared on charges of criminal mischief. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, TAKESHORSE faces 10 years in prison, $50,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference. 15-71

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on August 17, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • AMELIA MAE HOUSE SEESTHEGROUND, a 47-year-old resident of Hardin, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, SEESTHEGROUND faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference. 15-88

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings on August 13, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • THOMAS JAMES ROCKROADS III, a 30-year-old resident of Busby, appeared on charges of assault on a federal officer and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ROCKROADS faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference. 15-78
  • JOHN WHITEHAWK III, a 49-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, and abusive sexual contact with a minor. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, WHITEHAWK faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference. 15-90

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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