Department of Justice
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 Billings before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan and pleading not guilty on Oct. 28 was:
Jeffrey Wayne Follet, 34, of Billings, on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. If convicted of the most serious crime, Follet faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Follet was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Billings Police Department investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-120.
Appearing on Oct. 27 was:
Timothy James Lucas, 40, of Billings, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. If convicted of the most serious crime, Lucas faces a mandatory minimum10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release on the drug crime and a mandatory minimum five years to life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release on the firearm crime. Lucas was detained pending further proceedings. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Montana Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the case. PACER case reference. 22-124.
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.