U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Montana
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November 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 Lynch in Billings, on November 6, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • DEAN JAMES SMALL, a 48-year-old resident of Lame Deer, 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, SMALL faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference. 15-137

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Lynch in Missoula, on November 4, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • KENNETH MICHAEL MARKEE, JR., a 35-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, MARKEE faces five 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 Bozeman Police Department. PACER Case Reference. 15-33
  • JAMES EARL WILLIAMS, a 34-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of failure to register as a sex offender. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, WILLIAMS faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release. The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service. PACER Case Reference. 15-110

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Anderson in Billings, on November 3, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • TIMOTHY PATRICK PINE II, a 36-year-old resident of Fortine, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, PINE faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference. 15-133
  • SHAWN LEE STEWART, a 38-year-old resident of Wyola, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession of an unregistered firearm. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, STEWART 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. 15-134

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on November 2, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JOHN EDMONSTON, a 54-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and theft of federal property by fraud. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, EDMONSTON faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and Malmstrom Air Force Base Office of Special Investigations. PACER Case Reference. 15-69
  • JASON DANIEL WALKER, a 37-year-old resident of Lewistown, appeared on charges of felon in possession of firearms. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, WALKER 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. 15-36

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 tohttps://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

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