Montana Crime & Courts

Jan 16, 2013 4:34 PM by Erin Schattauer - MTN News

4th man sentenced for 2012 Bozeman home invasion

BOZEMAN - The fourth and final man involved in a home invasion and armed robbery in Bozeman last February was sentenced in Gallatin County District Court on Wednesday.

Matthew Tan, 21, was sentenced by Judge John Brown to a five-year deferred sentence for aggravated burglary. He must serve 30 days in the Gallatin County Detention Center with 11 days already served. He, along with his three co-defendants, must repay more than $4,000 restitution.

The other men involved in the case, Rodney Sheppard Jr., Robert Cole and Ryan Humphrey, have already been sentenced.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 17, 2012, Bozeman police were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of Wilda Lane where a caller reported that people had broken into the home and they were being assaulted and robbed, according to the Bozeman Police Department.

The caller said the suspects were masked and armed with guns. As the dispatcher listened, the caller reported that the suspects were breaking into the bathroom and the line then disconnected.

Several officers responded, and as they approached on foot, they saw a vehicle leaving from behind a brushy area next to the home. The vehicle traveled towards police at a high rate of speed and the driver refused to stop after officers yelled and shined lights on the driver, police said.

An officer fired his weapon at the tires as it passed by, and the vehicle continued and was located a short distance away, according to police.

Tan, the driver, was the only occupant and was taken into custody without further incident. Several firearms and items of stolen property were reportedly located. A second suspect, Humphrey, had reportedly run from the area at the scene. He was also taken into custody by officers without incident. Both men were charged with aggravated burglary.

Sheppard and Cole were later arrested for aggravated burglary as well.

One of the suspects reportedly later told police that the men had armed themselves with a shotgun, a bat, a knife and other items, broken a glass door, entered the home and attempted to gather the residents into one location. He said he took cash, a wallet, a bass guitar and other small items from the residence and loaded them into the vehicle, as well as firearms that the others handed him.

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