The Billings Gazette from Billings, Montana on April 13, 2006 · 18
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Billings, Montana
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Thursday, April 13, 2006
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48 Thursday, April 13, 2006 Hillings asrtfe Man denies aiding twin brother accused of murder PIERRE, S.D. (AP) Bret Reay, the twin brother of a former Billings man awaiting trial for the death of his wife, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of being an accessory to a felony. Chief Deputy Attorney General Mark Barnett said Bret Reay, 46, tried to mislead those who are investigating his brother in the death of Tami Reay, 41. Evidence connected to the two brothers could only have been known to the actual killer, Barnett said. The woman's nude body was found Feb. 9 near Lake Oahe after a co-worker told police Tami Reay did not show up for work. Brad Reay faces alternate counts of first-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter for his wife's death. He also is charged with aggravated kidnapping. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to be in court again May 30 for an evidentiary hearing. Bret Reay, who was living in Spearfish, was arrested last month after visiting his brother in jail Barnett said police tailed him after the visit, which was recorded by authorities, but lost him when he did a quick U-turn. He was later arrested in Casper, Wya, and was brought back to South Dakota Barnett told Circuit Judge Kathleen Trandahl that Bret Reay's bail should be increased from the initial sum of $100,000 because he is a flight risk. "We know a lot more about the case now than we did when the bail was set," the state prosecutor said. "In no way should he be on the street" Barnett said jailhouse calls from Brad Reay to his brother were monitored and that Brad once told Bret, "I need something gone" and that it should be done at night "Brad Reay was looking to beat the system," Barnett said. On the March 8 visit to the jail, Brad held a letter up to the glass in the visiting room, and Bret copied the contents of the letter and later mailed copies to prosecutors and a Hughes County magistrate, said Barnett, who got one of the let- I1 "'""1 lcrs- i ,1 The letters, suppos- L .1 edlv from the cousin of another man whom Brad Reay wanted to frame for his wife's death, are the basis for the charges against Bret Reay, Barnett said. "He clearly was making an effort to foul up the judicial system to prevent the prosecution of his brother," Barnett said of Bret Reay. "That letter has details known only to the killer," he said, adding, "All of this was designed to frame an innocent party." Investigators have said a notepad found in Bret Reay's car contained a narrative of what appeared to be a description of the murder and a refer- BRET REAY ence to a cousin. Mentioned in the writing were such phrases as "he flipped out and started stabbing her" and "he stabbed her in the back five times, then her throat" A map and letter intercepted earlier from Brad Reay at the jail led to the discovery on March 5 of three garbage bags containing blood-stained bedding, clothing and a cleaning agent, authorities have said. The articles were hidden near the power station at Oahe Dam. The map purported to direct Bret Reay to good fishing spots in the Pierre area. Brad Schreiber, of Belle Fourche, Bret Reay's lawyer, dismissed the significance of the map, and he said there was no discussion about any evidence in the case during the later jailhouse visit. Brad owns some valuable baseball cards and only wanted to enlist his brother's help in securing them, the defense attorney said Wednesday. Asking that his client's bail be reduced, Schreiber said Bret Reay has no criminal record. He said Reay, a longtime Wal-Mart employee, was in the process of moving to Casper to become manager or assistant manager of a Wal-Mart store there when arrested. There is no evidence that he is a flight risk," Schreiber said. Trandahl continued Bret Reay's bond at $100,000, saying he was a flight risk who had evaded authorities once and has no local family ties. Each count against him is punishable by up to five years in prison. He will next appear in court May 23 for an evidentiary hearing. Brad Reay, if convicted on the first-degree murder charge or the kidnapping charge, could be sent to prison for life without possibility of parole. The manslaughter charge carries a maximum term of life. Brad and Tami Reay had lived in Pierre since August 2004. Tami Reay grew up in Lander, Wya, and she had lived in Billings for 14 years. f , MIL, 4 'f . .. I. J ; ' M ; : " JAMES WOODCOCKGazette Staff Highway workers survey the scene where a pup trailer carrying oil overturned Wednesday afternooon while attempting to merge onto Interstate 90. Trailer tips over, spills oil onl-90 Gazette Staff As much as 2,500 gallons of road tar leaked onto Interstate 90 in Lockwood after a pup trailer overturned Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Emergency crews contained the material, which is quick to coagulate. The spill was not expected to pose significant environmental problems, Lockwood Fire Capt. Chuck Hagan said. "It's not going to leak down into the ground too far," Hagan said. The spill occurred at mile marker 456.8 on 1-90 as a commercial truck carrying a full-size trailer and a pup trailer carrying 5,000 pounds of oil attempted to merge onto the 1-90 eastbound lanes. A mechanical failure caused the pup trailer to separate from the trailer and overturn on the road, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Grover said. Eastbound traffic was blocked for nearly an hour until motorists were redirected through the Huntley Exit onto Pryor Road and back onto 1-90, a Highway Patrol dispatcher said. The driver, William Thomas, 65, of Billings, would likely be cited for failing to maintain the equipment, Grover said The lanes were cleared as of about 6 p.m. KB Organizational meeting notices received by noon will be published in the next morning's Gazette. Call 657-1469. THURSDAY ORGANIZATIONS At 7 a.rru Billings East Sunrise Rotary at Country Inn and Suites Hotel, 231 Main At 1130 litu Loafers Club NARFE at Elks Club At noon: Billings Heights Kiwanis at Fuddruckers in Heights; Nurturing Parent Program at YWCA, 909 Wyoming; Lions Club at Elks Club; Soroptimists of Billings at Petroleum Club, Sheraton Hotel; Bath Zabbia Temple Daughter of the Nile lunch, 130 p.m. session at Shrine Auditorium; TLC Toastmasters in Room BR1A, Broadway Place, N. Broadway; Pompeys Pillar Historical Association at Billings Clinic downstairs At 12:05 Westend Toastmasters at Northwestern Energy, 20th and Monad, west side of building At 530 p.itu SHOUT AIDS (Students Helping Others Understand Teen AIDS) at 208 N. 29th, Suite 230; Billings Heights Lions Club at Fuddruckers, 875 Main At 630 Big Sky Optimists Club at Boys and Girls Club, 505 Orchard; Big Sky Fencing at Lincoln Education Center second floor gym, 415 N. 30th; Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program at Armed Forces Reserve Center, 2915 Gabel Road; Central-Terry Park Neighborhood Task Force at Terry Park Fire Station; Knights of Columbus officers, council 8 p.m. at KC Hall At 7 Billings Community Orchestra at First Presbyterian Church, 13th St W. and Poly; Community Forestry Alliance at Zimmerman Center, Pioneer Park, 1801 Virginia; Autism Society of America-Montana Chapter in Room 104, Education Building, MSU-Billings; Growth Thru Art board at 291 1 Second Ave. N. At 730 p.rru Magic City DcMolay at Scottish Rite Temple, 14th and Custer; VFW 6774 Auxiliary at 637 Anchor, Beartooth Paddlcr Society at Billings Clinic conference center; Eagle Aerlc No. 176 at 526 Laurie At 8 pjrc Billings Table Tennis Association at Fortin Center, Rocky Mountain College NOTE Closed meetings are for those seeking help only. At open mrftings, those seeking help may bring support people or the public may come for more information about the group. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS GROUPS: At 630 Open 1801 Home Group at 1801 Broadwater At noon: Closed at 848 Main, Suite 8; Closed 204 Group at 17 N. 31st; at Billings Clinic basement; Closed Home Group at 1801 Broadwater, Closed at 2439 Grand; Brown Baggers Open at St Stephen's Episcopal Church, 13th St W. and Crawford; Closed 204 Group (smoking) and Closed Downtowners at 17 N. 31st At 530 pjru Open Sunlight of the Spirit at First Christian Church, 522 N. 29th At 6 Closed Men's at Grace United Methodist Church, Fireside Room, 1935 Ave. B; Open 11th Step Prayer and Meditation Format at St Patrick's Cathedral, Third Street entrance At 7 p.rru Elks Valley Young Adults Group at 2111 Grand; Traditions Group Closed at 26 Wyoming; Closed at Hope Lutheran Church, 1911 Highway 87 East; Open Carrying the Message at Bethel Baptist Church, Jackson and Clevengcr At 8 Closed 204 Group (smoking) and Open beginners Downtowners at 17 N. 31st Closed in back of St Bernard's Parish Hall; H.O.W.GroupatSt Luke's Episcopal Church, 119 N. 33rd; Closed Recovery Group at 103 N. 24th; Open at 510 Cook; Open at 2439 Grand; Open at 1801 Broadwater, Closed Recovery Group at 103 N. 24th AL-ANON GROUPS: At 7 pJru Open at Hope Lutheran Church, 1911 Highway 87 East At 8 p.rru Al-Anon Recovery Group at 103 N. 24th; Recovery Al-Ateen at 103 N. 24th.; Progress, Not Perfection at St Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180-24th St W. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS GROUPS: At 7 pm: New Freedom at 2757 Phyllis Circle; Miracles Happen at V.l!i-y Christian Church, 1003 St Johns At 8 Solution Swkers at 17 N. 3ht, rear entrance OTHER SUPPORT GROUPS: At 830 irru T.O.P.S. No. MT4 at 1935 Ave. B; T.O.P.S. No. MTSO0 at Hope United Methods Church, 244 Wicks At 1 p.rru Grief Group at St Bernard"! Parish, 226 Wk.k; National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI- Billings) 1645 Ave. D, Suite G At 130 Northern Rockies Cancer Center Support Group at 1041 N. 29th At 2 p.rrc Peripheral Neuropathy at Billings Clinic conference center Room 1 At 3 pjru Discovery Group Stroke at Mansfield Hearth Education Center, 2900 12th Ave. N. At 4 pjru Exploring Parenthood at Young Families, 1320 Grand At 6 pjru Hope: Self Esteem Class for Survivors of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault at YWCA 909 Wyoming; Twelve Steps and Medicine Wheel for Women at 420 Grand At 630 Parents Helping Parents at The Family Tree, 10C1N. 30th At 7 p.rru T.O.P.S. No. MT285 at 1205 12thStW.;Sexaholics Anonymous and S-anon in Rooms 106 and 103, Rimrock Treatment Center Church Without Walls Anonymous 12-Step Group at 315 S. 29th; Women Who Have Experienced Sexual Assault andor Incest at Angela's Piazza, 420 Grand; Grief Group at Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B; AFSP-Suicidc at Billings Clinic conference center BIRTHS Billings Clinic Famiry Birth Center: Girl Deanna and Mark Coyle, Billings Boy Chandi and Tyler Tombre, Billings Joel T. Long Pavilion at St Vincent Healthcare: Girls Kimberly Ross and Robert Firman, Billings Tonda Thomas, Billings Melissa Fuchs, Billings Boys Brandy Feller and Riley Killion, Fromberg , Cala Redneck and Kasey Hsher, Lame Deer Dcnise and Johnny Metzsch, Red Lodge Veronica Nuno and Jaquwan Brackenridge, Billings FIRE CALLS 10:40 p.m. Tuesday (City) - 1901 Airport Terminal. Alarm. 6:15 am Wednesday (City) - 2726 Hoover. Service assist 751 am Wednesday (City) - 4600 S. Frontage. Alarm. 11:30 am Wednesday (City) - 5500 Midland Alarm. 1:05 p.m. Wednesday (Lockwood) - 1-90. mile marker 456. Hazardous material 1:54 p.ra Wednesday (City) - 929 Broadwater. Structure fire. 2 p.m. Wednesday (City) -106 S. Windsor Circle. Vehicle fire. 3 27 pm Wednesday (City) - 215 ft 23rd Vehicle fire. Look Out FATBABIES Here Come TnUUtrvrl Ladies Tubbies By Old Wml Booh Fashion Colors ICQCQ Rhinestones run aim (Mi Bigkmm , an. 141 torn I IHH4 It NIM I IO)41 i Man pleads guilty to cocaine charge Gazette Staff A Billings man accused in a large cocaine trafficking conspiracy pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court. Tyrone Trinnelle Jackson, 25, who was charged in a 36-count indictment, pleaded guilty to one count in a superseding information of possessing more than 5 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute. Under the terms of a plea agreement, the indictment is to be dismissed against Jackson at sentencing. Jackson is the first of 10 defendants indicted in the alleged cocaine conspiracy to plead guilty. The indictment alleges the defendants, mostly from Billings and Washington state, conspired to distribute up to 5 kilograms, or 11 pounds, of powder and crack cocaine in Billings since November 2003. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Seykora said law enforcement got information that Jackson had crack cocaine and that he sold some to an undercover agent on Nov. 16, 2004. Evidence would include recorded telephone calls, he said. Jackson normally would be facing a sentence ranging from five years to 40 years in prison and a $2 million . fine, but because he has a record of cocaine trafficking, the government said it intends to seek increased penalties. Jackson now faces from 10 years to life in prison and a $4 million fine. Jackson was sentenced in 2003 to 27 months in federal prison for possessing cocaine with intent to distribute across the street from Riverside Middle School in 2002. Jackson admitted having 2 ounces of cocaine and was arrested when he accepted a package containing drugs in a controlled mail delivery. U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull set sentencing for Aug. 16 and ordered Jackson returned to custody. Teenage girl's abuser sentenced to prison Gazette Staff A 47-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday in District Court for sexual assault on a minor. Judge G. Todd Baugh agreed to follow a recommended prison sentence for William Blueher of 25 years with 15 years suspended for each of two felony sex crime convictions, the sentences to run concurrently. The judge also imposed a concurrent prison sentence of 20 years with 10 years suspended for felony assault with a weapon. The sentence will be served concurrently with a 15-year federal prison sentence that Blueher received for related charges. Blueher, a Billings truck driver, was charged in state court with the three felony offenses in December 2004 after Billings police investigated a shooting incident. A girl said Blueher fired a .45- caliber pistol at her while they were in the cab of a semitrailer. The bullet missed the girl but put a hole in the hood of her sweatshirt. Prosecutors said Blueher had been sexually abusing the girl, who was then 16, for two years. Blueher was later charged in U.S. District Court with taking the girl on interstate trips and for possession of methampheta-mine with intent to distribute. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced in December to 188 months in federal prison. Chief Deputy County Attorney Mark Murphy said prosecutors made a plea agreement for concurrent sentences in the state and federal court because it is likely that Blueher will receive sex offender treatment while in federal prison. Baugh said the state would retain jurisdiction to review the case to make sure Blueher receives treatment before he is released. "New Hope For Disc Ffc. 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