A man who said he tried to rob a Billings casino because he owed money to the Social Security Administration was sentenced Tuesday in District Court.
Judge Russell Fagg ordered Robert Bruce Scollard to serve seven years with the state Department of Corrections, with five years suspended, for attempted robbery.
Scollard, 41, previously admitted to the Feb. 1 attempted robbery of Nickels Casino & Grand Liquor.
Scollard entered the casino on Grand Avenue at about 1:40 a.m. wearing a hooded sweatshirt and black mask. He twice demanded money from a casino employee before a customer tackled him and held him down until police arrived.
The customer had to be pulled off Scollard by an officer. He later explained he believed Scollard had a weapon, although no weapon was displayed during the incident.
Scollard later said he was having financial troubles and was worried that he owed money to the Social Security Administration.
Scollard told the judge Tuesday that he regretted the robbery attempt but said the federal agency "really upset me."