Chad Holley, the Houston teen at the center of a police brutality case, will spend the next six months behind bars, seven years on probation for a separate burglary charge from last year.
Prosecutor Nathan Hennigan had pushed for no probation, believing the 18-year-old should instead be in jail.
"Burglars who break into houses, that's a very serious crime, and I don't think probation is appropriate in those cases," Hennigan told KTRH News. "Your castle is being violated by a criminal, and it’s a very personal and upsetting feeling. So I thought he deserved prison time in this case."
Holley's attorney believes probation will help straighten his life out.
"Even though he may not have the proper guidance at home, this probation will give him a great segue into adulthood and hopefully one day be a productive citizen," said Latitia Quinones.
"Sometimes there are young men and women who make silly mistakes, and that's what I see Chad as, he's not a criminal," she says.
The judge at one point told Holley to "grow up," something Quinones said was needed at the time.
"He's now the father of a 3-month-old, he's made two very silly decisions which caused him to be in the hands of the criminal justice system, so he doesn't have a choice but to grow up now, so they were telling him the truth," she says.
Holley was made famous when his 2010 burglary arrest was caught on videotape. One officer already was acquitted of beating the teen, three others are awaiting trial.