Gallatin County man admits to skipping out on second chance


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Court records state a Gallatin County man who went on a multi-county crime spree then disappeared when given a second chance, admitted to bailing out on probation meetings.

Matthew Brandemihl was sentenced to 10 years in prison with 10 years suspended in mid March for a day long crime spree, including leading police on a car chase and man hunt, and burglarizing a home.

Judge Holly Brown ordered Brandemihl to Treatment Court, which helps offenders with drug and alcohol abuse problems get a fresh start.

But Brandemihl reportedly didn't show up to his appointments with a probation officer. A Petition to Revoke the deferred sentence was issued, as well as a $500,000 arrest warrant.

No one could find Brandemihl until Friday, when he was arrested in Butte.

In court Tuesday, documents state Brandemihl admitted he missed those meetings.

He's in jail on $500,000 dollars bond. His next hearing is in early May.