Supporters of Garrett Quotskuyva, as well as his victims and their family, packed the courtroom Tuesday to hear Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill pronounce his sentence.
In early August, Quotskuyva pled guilty to a charge of attempted burglary in a June 30 incident that erupted between several youths after a party at Ox Bow Estates.
Garrett Quotskuyva, 19, his brother Waylon, 19, and Jamison Davis, 22, went to the party and were asked to leave after a fight ensued.
The Quotskuyvas and Davis returned to the house later, entered, and either Waylon or Davis allegedly attacked three males with a ballpeen hammer while Garrett held one or more of them down.
Cahill was to decide if Garrett should be sentenced to the department of corrections for a period of 3.5 years or receive five years probation.
Waylon Quotskuyva and Davis are still awaiting trial.
When Cahill asked the victims and their families what they believed Garrett should get, all agreed that since he had already served 382 days in jail, that intensive probation was appropriate.
The mother of the victim who endured the worst injuries of the three, gave an emotional statement.
"We've known Garrett for years," she said. "He's not a bad kid, he just needs some help."
"It's interesting to see the human capacity for forgiveness," Cahill said.
Tribal Police Chief Joe Tunno appealed to the judge for leniency for Garrett.
"I have worked for the Department of Corrections in Florence," he said.
"Prison is not the answer for someone who is young ... it makes it worse."
Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores told Cahill that given the opinion of the victims and their families, that the state would go along with a sentence of five years probation.
One sticking point in a potential probation sentence was the issue of jurisdiction on the reservation, which is a sovereign nation.
"This raises a difficult question of how probation would be supervised while respecting jurisdiction," Cahill said.
Because tribal police officers, as well as a member of the tribal council, were in the courtroom, they agreed to assist and fully cooperate with the county in allowing probation to conduct whatever business was necessary on the reservation.
Cahill then asked Garrett to approach the bench and asked him if he would like to say something to him or the victims.
"I am deeply sorry," Garrett told the victims. "I don't want to see other people hurt ... I don't want to hurt anyone else ... I want friends."
"You are the great beneficiary of the human capacity to forgive and heal and move forward," Cahill told Garrett.
He then sentenced him to five years probation and approximately $23,000 in restitution to the victims.
After spending nearly 400 days in prison, Garrett, in a matter of hours, would return home.