Jacob Michael Burritt

Jacob Michael Burritt leaves Gallatin County District Court Tuesday after pleading guilty to robbery and arson, both felonies.

A Belgrade man pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to rob a West Main Street casino in Bozeman by running inside the casino with a cologne bottle on fire meant to look like a bomb.

Jacob Burritt, 28, pleaded guilty to felony robbery and arson. He appeared with attorney Buddy Rutzke in Gallatin County District Court before Judge Holly Brown.

Burritt was initially arrested in April on felony counts of robbery, arson, possession of explosives and possession of dangerous drugs.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop charges that accuse him of having explosives and dangerous drugs. The charges could have carried up to 25 years in prison and up to a $55,000 fine.

At his sentencing on March 17, prosecutors will recommend that Burritt be sentenced to 40 years in the Montana State Prison with 15 years suspended. Prosecutors will also recommend that Burritt register as a violent offender upon his release and that he not be allowed to seek early termination of his probation.

In April 2019, Bozeman police responded to a report of Burritt throwing an explosive device into Magic Diamond Casino and telling the people inside to give him money, according to charging documents. Police said Burritt left a cologne bottle with a wick coming out of it that was on fire at the counter of the casino next to a cash register.

Police said in charging documents that casino employees reported Burritt jumped over the counter after setting the bottle on it and pulled the safe open.

Burritt then left the casino.

Gallatin County deputies found Burritt’s car hours later on River Road and arrested him.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2630.

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