Matthew Noorlander

Matthew Noorlander leaves Gallatin County District Court after being sentenced on Tuesday.

A Bozeman man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years to the Montana Department of Corrections for firing a gun to scare a person chasing him after stealing a water pipe from a Bozeman smoke shop.

Matthew Noorlander, 21, will also serve five years of probation after his sentence.

Noorlander pleaded guilty to felony robbery in Gallatin County District before Judge Holly Brown on Tuesday.

In September, Noorlander was arrested after stealing a $400 “water pipe,” and other items from Mellow Mood, located at 7 Tai Lane, according to charging documents. A caller who chased Noorlander reported that Noorlander pointed a gun slightly to the left of the person’s head and fired.

In court on Tuesday, Noorlander apologized to the business and said he wished he could take his actions back. He said a friend who was with him urged him to steal the merchandise.

“It was never my intention to do what I did, but what happened, happened,” he said.

Noorlander said he needed to follow Judge Brown’s advice and hang out with “better people.”

“I know I can do better, and I’m trying to do better,” Noorlander said.

Brown said she hopes Noorlander takes advantage of the correction department programs and is able to “use this time to get your feet on the ground.”

When he gets out, Brown said, Noorlander has to surround himself with better people and keep busy with work.

“If you could make those changes, the rest would be a lot easier,” she said. “Life isn’t easy, in general. It’s messy.”

In 2017, Noorlander was given a six-year deferred sentence for one count of theft and several counts of burglary stemming from two cases.

On Tuesday, however, Brown revoked those sentences and ordered that Noorlander serve a five-year commitment to the corrections department to run simultaneously with the robbery charge.

Freddy Monares can be reached at or at 406-582-2630.

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