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Cindy Cesare, Reporter

Steven Gazlay Could Avoid Prison Time

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(May 14) -- One of the accused instigators in a brutal teen beating could avoid prison time. That's the deal 19-year-old Steven Gazlay made Friday by pleading guilty in the infamous 311 Boyz case.

Steven Gazlay is expected to be released from jail sometime Friday night. He joins four of the nine defendants in this case who have made deals in the last week to avoid prison time. The victim's attorney is outraged.

Jarome Bowen, the victim's attorney, said, "If they don't fit the category of who needs to go to prison, then who does? They love to fight, they are a danger to society and they lack any remorse. They're repeat offenders, they attempted to kill Tanner."

Jarome Bowen is outraged that the teen he believes was in the instigator in his clients brutal beating is walking away from prison. 19-year-old Steven Gazlay joins four other defendants in accepting plea agreements in the attempted murder of Steven Tanner Hansen and his two friends at a Summerlin party last July. All five defendants could avoid prison time.

"What kind of message is it sending to the public and other kids out there when we say, 'Even though you did this, you create mayhem, you may attempt to kill' and then you slap their hands and say, 'You go on your merry way,'" Bowen continued.

But Gazlay's attorney says the deal is fair because his client did not participate in the actual beating of Hansen and his friends. Even though Gazlay was convicted for attacking Sean Quinn and his friends with a crowbar in a separate incident, Gazlay's attorney says he had evidence to clear him and his reputation as being the alleged ringleader of the 311 Boyz.

Lue Palazzo, Gazlay's attorney, said, "He doesn't have any tattoos that signify 311 Boyz, which I understand an iron cross or the numbers 311 on their bodies. Steven does not have that on his body at all."

When Steven Gazlay is released from the Clark County Detention Center Friday night; he will be under a strict house arrest. He will not be able to leave his mother's home unless it's a medical emergency and until he has to show up for his sentencing date on July 6.

By accepting Friday's plea agreement, Steven Gazlay also avoids prosecution on what has become known as the hot butter knife incident. He also avoids prosecution on charges that he damaged a gate in a Summerlin community

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