U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Montana
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December 18, 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 17, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • CHERYL LAVONN HILARIO, a 65-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 charges contained in the indictment, HILARIO faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference. 15-138

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on December 15, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • PAIGE LARANN DEMARCE, a 26-year-old resident of Fort Kipp, appeared on charges of bank employee fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, DEMARCE faces 30 years in prison, $1,000,000 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. 15-82
  • SARAH RAE LARSON, a 32-year-old resident of Trout Creek, appeared on charges of uttering counterfeit obligations. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LARSON faces 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. PACER Case Reference. 15-81
  • AMANDA MIKHA CHERI ST. MARKS, a 21-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared on charges of bank employee fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, ST. MARKS faces 30 years in prison, $1,000,000 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. 15-82

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on December 7, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • MARIO JESUS PARRA CETINA, a 25-year-old resident of Seattle, Washington, appeared on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, CETINA faces life in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference. 15-86

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Johnston in Great Falls, on December 4, 2015 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • SILAS JOHN DRUM, a 48-year-old resident of Brockton, appeared on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, DRUM 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. 15-84
  • TY ROBERT GRAY, a 22-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, GRAY faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference. 15-83
  • LATONNA MARIE SPOTTED EAGLE, a 43-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, SPOTTED EAGLE faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. PACER Case Reference. 15-83

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

  • JAY WILLIAM ISLES, SR., a 52-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of illegal export/attempted illegal export, and mailing firearms. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, ISLES 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, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. PACER Case Reference. 15-32
  • TANNA LEE MEAGHER, a 25-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of illegal export/attempted illegal export, felon in possession of firearms, straw purchase/false statement in connection with a firearms transaction, and mailing firearms. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, MEAGHER 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, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. PACER Case Reference. 15-32
  • BRIAN SPAIN., a 29-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of illegal export/attempted illegal export, felon in possession of firearms, transferring firearms to a prohibited person, dealing firearms without a license, unlawful transfer of firearms to an out-of-state resident, possession of firearms with obliterated serial numbers, and mailing firearms. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, SPAIN 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, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. PACER Case Reference. 15-32

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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