U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Montana
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December 4, 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 December 3, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • ROSS DUANE BRESHEARS, a 36-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, BRESHEARS 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. 15-140
  • RICHARD EDGAR YOUNGBLOOD, a 28-year-old resident of Miles City, appeared on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, YOUNGBLOOD 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. 15-146

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Lynch in Missoula, on December 2, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • LUKE ALDON HAYES, a 33-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, felon in possession of firearms, possession of unregistered silencers, and possession of silencers with no serial numbers. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, HAYES faces life in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and four years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force. PACER Case Reference. 15-35

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on December 1, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JAMES DEBERRY, a 21-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of sexual abuse of a minor and abusive sexual contact. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, DEBERRY faces 15 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference. 15-73

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on November 30, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • ROBERT LEE KETCHUM, a 32-year-old resident of Big Sandy, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, KETCHUM faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Russell Country Drug Task Force. PACER Case Reference. 15-49

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings, on November 24, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JEFFERY JOHN BROWN, a 29-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, BROWN faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference. 15-126
  • KIMBERLEE DUNN, a 64-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of wire fraud and tax evasion. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, DUNN faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference. 15-129
  • THOMAS WILFRED MEURET, a 38-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, MEURET faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. PACER Case Reference. 15-132
  • JUSTIN DAVID RIDDLE, a 34-year-old resident of Billings, 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, RIDDLE 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. 15-116

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on November 24, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • MARCUS GERALD FAST HORSE, a 24-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, assault with a dangerous weapon, and kidnapping. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, FAST HORSE 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 Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. PACER Case Reference. 15-80

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Lynch in Missoula, on November 24, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • ALAN J. COOK, a 38-year-old resident of Grand Junction, Colorado, appeared on charges of interstate communication of a threat. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, COOK faces five years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference. 15-34

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on November 23, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • MONICA VERNETTE CAMPBELL, a 52-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of theft from an Indian tribal organization. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, CAMPBELL faces five years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Department of Interior Office of Inspector General and the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice. PACER Case Reference. 15-72

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Ostby in Billings, on November 23, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • CODY PEYTON BROWN, a 22-year-old resident of Wilson, North Carolina, appeared on charges of receipt of child pornography and transfer of obscene matter to a minor. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, BROWN faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.PACER Case Reference. 15-125
  • LUTHER GEROME DAVIS, a 43-year-old resident of Madera, California, appeared on charges of transportation of a person with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, DAVIS faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference. 15-114
  • ELMER HOUSTIN ESTILL, a 54-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ESTILL faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Eastern Montana HIDTA. PACER Case Reference. 15-142
  • RAYMOND LEE TOULOUSE, JR., a 30-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, TOULOUSE faces 40 years in prison, $5,000,000 in fines and four years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Eastern Montana HIDTA. PACER Case Reference. 15-145

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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