Man convicted of robbing casino twice gets 50-year sentence


A man convicted of robbing a southern Montana casino twice within the same week in 2016 was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 47-year-old Duane Burchill was sentenced Tuesday after a jury found him guilty in August of robbery, conspiracy to commit deceptive practices and felony drug possession.

Authorities say Burchill stole about $1,500 in the two robberies at a Magic Diamond Casino in Bozeman. He was arrested in September 2016 after an informant identified him to police.

Gallatin County prosecutor Bjorn Boyer requested the 50-year sentence, citing Burchill's numerous misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 1989.

Judge Holly Brown granted the request, describing Burchill's armed robberies as "outrageous, aggravated and intolerable."

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