Garnett Jr.’s Probation Reduced To Ordinary – Committee To Decide If Scholarship Is Offered

Steven Garnett Jr.’s intensive probation stemming from last year’s Winslow Hazing cases has been reduced to ordinary probation allowing him to receive an athletic scholarship from Northern Arizona University if one is offered.

Under intensive probation, Garnett was virtually under house arrest. He had to be home unless otherwise given permission by his probation officer to go to another secured location. He had to check in with the officer daily, he also had to complete more than 40 hours of community service a month.

Now that his probation has been reduced by Coconino County Superior Judge Fred Newton, Garnett is under ordinary probation. This ends his house arrests, reduces his check-ins with his probation officer to once a month and reduces his community service to 10 hours a month.

Newton also reduced co-defendant Martin Woods’ intensive probation to ordinary probation and allowed him to move to Kansas to attend Haskell College.

Garnett’s lawyer, Bruce Griffen of Aspey, Watkins, and Diesel, said that another hearing has been scheduled for mid-November 2001 to decide if further probation is necessary.

Griffen said now that Garnett is on regular probation, he can attend college at Northern Arizona University.

Griffen also said that the athletic scholarship that has tainted this case has still not been resolved. According to Griffen, a committee will determine whether NAU will offer Garnett a scholarship.

Under intensive probation, Garnett could have attended NAU, but it would have been difficult to get clearance from the probation department and he would not have been able to receive a scholarship.

If Garnett’s probation is lifted in November he could still be available for a scholarship to play in the upcoming basketball season.


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