Thomas Riley Wegley

Thomas Riley Wegley, left, appears Thursday in Gallatin County District Court before Judge John Brown.

A Bozeman man convicted of robbing another man of more than $3,000 at gunpoint after a night of gambling will be released while serving his sentence to attend a drug treatment program.

Thomas Riley Wegley, 19, was sentenced Thursday to a 10-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections with six years suspended. He was given credit for 254 days served in the Gallatin County jail and is required to register as a violent offender upon his release.

Wegley appeared in Gallatin County District Court before Judge John Brown.

As part of a plea agreement, Wegley pleaded guilty to felony robbery in May. Prosecutors agreed to drop several other cases against Wegley that accused him of having drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Addie Caitlyn Davis, a co-defendant in the case, pleaded guilty to felony robbery earlier this month before Judge Brown. As part of a plea agreement, Davis was given a 3-year deferred sentence and credit for 224 days previously served in the Gallatin County jail.

In December, Davis invited a man into her home after she went gambling with him, according to charging documents. Wegley entered the room wearing a ski mask and pointed a gun inches from the man’s face while Davis went to the bathroom. He demanded all the man’s money.

Police said in charging documents that they found the gun used to rob the man inside a heating duct in Wegley’s bathroom and $2,000 hidden in an electrical outlet in his bedroom.

On Thursday, Judge Brown said any offense involving a gun is very serious and, under any other circumstances, would be enough to send someone to prison. Brown told Wegley that he didn’t think Wegley was a lost cause and that there is still potential to turn his life around.

Brown said he was likely the only person willing to give Wegley the lenient sentence, and that he should take advantage of it.

“This is a limited chance,” Brown told Wegley. “I think the primary thing you need to focus on is dealing with your chemical dependency issues.”

Before issuing his sentence, Brown asked if Wegley wanted to say anything to the court. Wegley apologized to his victim and law enforcement.

“I know I can’t take (my actions) back and I feel terrible for what I did,” he said. “I can only learn from this and I just want to move forward.”

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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