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Billings man pleads guilty in trailer fire deaths

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 16 2014 07:44:57 AM MDT
Updated On: Apr 16 2014 07:45:15 AM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. -

 The second of two men charged after four people died in a mobile home fire last April has acknowledged his role in their deaths.
    
The Billings Gazette reports Robert Eric Bottenhagen pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of negligent homicide during a hearing before District Judge Gregory Todd. The state will recommend a 60-year prison sentence.
    
Bottenhagen's co-defendant, 22-year-old Zaccary John Kern, pleaded guilty in February to accountability to the crimes.
    
Prosecutors said Bottenhagen and Kern set fires to towels and an apron in the kitchen of a Lockwood trailer and left after being unable to put out the fired. They did not try to awaken the four victims or call the fire department.
    
The fire resulted in the deaths of 33-year-old Amber-Marie Byers, 25-year-old Donovan Fogle, 25-year-old Brandi Hansen Moats and 28-year-old Troy Saylor.