U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Montana
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April 16, 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 Judge Ostby in Billings on April 15, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • WILLIAM ROY BARGE, a 22-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared on charges of passing or uttering counterfeit obligations or securities of the United States. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, BARGE 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: 15-24
  • GEORGE CHAD DEPUTEE, a 40-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact. If convicted of the most serious charge in the indictment, DEPUTEE faces life in prison, $250,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference. 15-21
  • BOB CLARENCE PARKER, a 24-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of possession of a stolen firearm. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, PARKER 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. 15-17

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on April 10, 2015, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • MICHELLE LYNN EDELMAN, a 43-year-old resident of Billings, appeared on charges of conspiracy to distribute and 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, EDELMAN faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Drug Task Force. PACER Case Reference: 14-102

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

  • BRYTTNI LIND BUSTOS, a 23-year-old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of assault on a federal officer. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, BUSTOS 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: 15-27
  • DEAN MADPLUME, a 40-yeard old resident of Browning, appeared on charges of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, MADPLUME faces 10 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. PACER Case Reference. 15-28

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

  • PAUL HOWARD BENBOW, a 47-year-old resident of Seeley Lake, appeared on charges of failure to register as a sexual offender. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, BENBOW faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and five years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service. PACER Case Reference: 15-07

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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