For Immediate Release
Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that the following persons were arraigned or appeared this week before U.S. Magistrate judges on indictments handed down by the Grand Jury or on criminal complaints. The charging documents are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty:
Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty on May 10 was:
John Charles Garces, 56, of Great Falls, on charges of felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Graces faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Garces was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Great Falls Police Department and Cascade County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-23.
Matthew Phillip Hamper, 42, of Clancy, on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of meth, felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and possession of an unregistered firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Hamper faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. Hamper was detained pending further proceedings. The Missouri River Drug Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-03.
The progress of cases may be monitored through the U.S. District Court Calendar and the PACER system. To establish a PACER account, which provides electronic access to review documents filed in a case, please visit http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the District Court’s calendar, please visit https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.