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Crime and Courts (August 9, 2019)

Information on recent arrests and court appearances in Great Falls
Posted: 11:49 AM, Aug 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-09 17:37:04-04

GREAT FALLS — Information on recent arrests and court appearances in Great Falls:

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Jason Michael Day has been charged in Great Falls with two felony counts in connection with allegedly sexually assaulting two girls, both under the age of 12.

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Ryan John Gardipee of Box Elder on July 31 admitted to assaulting and injuring a woman during an argument that began while they were out for the evening and continued at a residence on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a press release. Gardipee, 23, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in substantial bodily injury to a dating partner. He faces a maximum five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided and set sentencing for November 14. Gardipee is detained pending sentencing.

According to court documents on December 8, 2018, Gardipee, the victim, and another person were out drinking at a casino and then went to another business. An argument began between Gardipee and the victim and continued after they returned to the casino. At one point, Gardipee and the victim began to drive to a residence. Gardipee grabbed the victim’s head as she was driving, and she slammed on the brakes. When the car began moving again, Gardipee jumped out and returned to the casino. Fearing that Gardipee may have injured himself, the victim returned to the casino and the two left together for the residence. On the drive, Gardipee again grabbed the victim’s head and yelled at her to drive to the residence. At the residence, Gardipee assaulted and strangled the victim.

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Delwin Paul Calflooking, Sr., of Browning admitted to strangling a woman earlier this year at his home on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a press release.

Calflooking, 47, pleaded guilty to strangulation of a dating partner. He faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Sentencing is set for November 14. The judge ordered Calflooking detained pending sentencing.

The prosecution said evidence would show that the victim had been drinking with Calflooking on May 6, 2019 at his residence when he began questioning her and strangled and assaulted her. The victim found herself on the ground with Calflooking’s hands around her neck and lost consciousness several times. The victim suffered fractured ribs, a broken arm and significant bruising.

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Richard Allen Granbois of Poplar, who admitted to possessing methamphetamine for distribution and possessing a firearms in connection with drug trafficking, was sentenced to six years in prison and five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a press release.

Granbois, 36, pleaded guilty in January to possession with intent to distribute meth and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The prosecution said that multiple persons confirmed to law enforcement they had bought meth from Granbois during the summer of 2017 on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Persons also confirmed that Granbois regularly had firearms while dealing drugs.

A Montana Highway Patrol trooper made a traffic stop of Granbois’ vehicle in June 2017 and ticketed him for driving while under the influence of drugs. Early in the stop, the trooper noticed Granbois to be nervous and physically shaking. He also noticed between the driver’s seat and center console a handgun that Granbois was trying to hide with his body and a backpack. The trooper drew his own service weapon and ordered Granbois out of the vehicle. The handgun between the seat and console was a .40-caliber handgun loaded with eight live rounds. After getting a tribal search warrant for the vehicle, the trooper found a 9mm handgun, a .22/410 gauge rifle, ammunition, meth and marijuana.

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Appearing in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston and pleading not guilty on August 8 were:

  • Nicholas Gregorio-Matias, 41, of Mexico, on charges of illegal reentry. If convicted of the most serious crime, Gregorio-Matias faces a maximum two years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. He was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the U.S. Border Patrol and Toole County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Donald Paul Olson, 38, of Conrad, on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of meth and prohibited person in possession of a firearm. If convicted of the most serious crime, Olson faces a minimum mandatory five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and four years of supervised release. Olson was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and the Montana Highway Patrol.
  • Leah Goggles, 36, of Cut Bank, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, Goggles faces a maximum 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and three years of supervised release. Goggles was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI, Glacier County Sheriff’s Office and Blackfeet Law Enforcement Service.
  • Ryan Joseph Cantrell, 23, of Wolf Point, on charges of sexual abuse of a minor. If convicted of the most serious crime, Cantrell faces a maximum 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. He was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI and Fort Peck Criminal Investigation.