Sequoya Reels-Felder, who had pleaded guilty to stabbing a longtime rival in Norwich in June 2012, was sentenced Thursday in New London Superior Court to 32 months in prison.
Reels-Felder, 21, had faced up to four years in prison for first-degree assault when he went before Judge Susan B. Handy. She imposed the 32-month sentence after several of Reels-Felder’s family members spoke on his behalf, including his uncle, former Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Kenneth M. Reels.
Reels-Felder’s brother, Jukumu, is serving a 21-month prison sentence for taking part in the attack.
According to court documents and testimony, the brothers had a long-standing dispute with the victim, fellow tribal member Tomar Gibson, dating from when they attended Ledyard High School together.
Gibson and a friend were walking on Cliff Street on June 28, 2012, when the two brothers approached in a 2012 Ford Explorer driven by Jukumu Reels. Witnesses said Reels-Felder struck Gibson in the back of the legs with the vehicle, knocking him to the ground. The brothers exited the vehicle, and Sequoya Reels-Felder stabbed Gibson with a knife, according to the witnesses. The two men got back in the car and drove away.