One of three young men charged in the beating of a young man with a ball peen hammer last summer, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary Monday.
Garrett Quotskuyva entered his plea in court Monday before Superior Judge Peter Cahill.
The charges stemmed from a 2002 incident involving Quotskuyva, 19, his brother Waylon Quotskuyva, 19, and Jamison Davis, 22.
The three allegedly went to a party at Oxbow Estates, June 30, 2002, and started throwing beer bottles. A fight ensued and the three were asked to leave, according to witnesses.
The Quotskuyvas and Davis returned later, according to a police report, and beat a young male with a ball peen hammer, fracturing his skull.
Garrett Quotskuyva was initially charged with (attempted) first degree murder, burglary, criminal damage and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores, Garrett was offered the plea to a lesser charge due to facts related to the June incident and his lack of a criminal history.
"The facts are that he entered the home with accomplices who had a weapon with the intent to commit an assault or felony," Flores said. "The information that we have is that Garrett was not the person holding the hammer. The ones who had the hammer that caused an injury were really Jamison Davis and Garrett's brother, Waylon."
Flores also said that Garrett has no criminal history or prior convictions, while Waylon and Davis do.
"That's why he's offered a different resolution to his case," Flores said.
Davis and Waylon Quotskuyva both have other cases pending. They will be tried for attempted murder in December.
Cahill said he would defer accepting Garrett's plea until sentencing Sept. 2. If the plea is accepted, he could receive a maximum sentence of 8.75 years in prison and be fined up to $150,000.