“I’m sorry about what I did,” said 25-year-old Michael Quinn Belton in the courtroom. “It was poor judgment on my part.”
While Belton could have faced up to 21 years in prison for attempting to rob the Las Vegas casino, a presentencing report recommended no more than seven years. Belton told police he only took part in the robbery attempt to get money for his terminally ill grandparents, who have since died.
During the attempted heist, another man sprayed a pepper spray-type substance at a blackjack dealer and Belton grabbed $115,000 worth of chips and ran. He was tackled before he made it to the door.