A 28-year-old Billings man involved in an armed home-invasion robbery was sentenced Friday in District Court.
James Weir Birkett IV appeared before Judge Ingrid Gustafson after previously admitting to two felony robbery charges for the armed robbery last Oct. 15 at a house in Homewood Park.
Gustafson agreed to follow a plea agreement in the case and ordered Birkett to serve a sentence of 10 years in state custody, with seven years suspended. She also ordered Birkett to pay joint restitution of $1,133.
Gustafson said Birkett has no serious criminal record and he has completed treatment since his arrest. Birkett briefly apologized before he was sentenced.
Birkett and a co-defendant, Jason Matthew Webb, 29, were accused of breaking into the home during the night armed with a rifle. The occupants awoke to find the men in their bedroom.
The woman said she recognized one of the men and was hit with the rifle butt when she asked what the men were doing in their house. The gunman fired a shot into a wall above the couple's bed and the intruders demanded prescription drugs.
The man gave the robbers prescription bottles and the men left the house. The woman received seven stitches as a result of the blow to her head.
Webb is accused of wielding the rifle during the robbery. His trial is set for Oct. 2.