The teen who walked into Montrose High School and slashed a student's throat was sentenced Thursday.
14-year-old Michael Yates will spend the next seven years in the Department of Youth Corrections where he will complete a youth offender services program. A judge told him if he messes up there, he will spend the next 18 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
On November 11, Yates went into Montrose High School, walked up behind 17-year-old Mallory Haulman and slit her throat as she and her sister were standing in the hallway before school. She survived.
Yates pleaded guilty to first degree attempted murder back in March. As part of the plea bargain, his 18-year prison sentence would be suspended if he completed the YOS program.
At the hearing, Yates turned toward the Haulman family and said, "I know what I did was wrong and I'm sorry."
The Haulmans did not speak, but had a spokesperson read a statement, saying they felt he was getting better than he deserved. The spokesperson read, "If you are able to complete your sentence, you can put it behind you. Mallory, however, will always have the scar she bears on her neck, from ear-to-ear."
As the judge prepared to read Yates' sentence, he told him to look at this as an opportunity to turn his life around and said, "Do you realize how fortunate you are not to go straight to prison?" He also said the YOS program Yates will be entering "is reserved for the worst of the worst."
Another juvenile who allegedly helped Yates plan the attack is scheduled for arraignment later this month.