ST. GEORGE — It’s not uncommon, when lives are being put back together in recovery from addiction and following criminal convictions, for the past to come back to haunt you, especially if you fail to comply with probation conditions. Such is the case for newlywed Crystal Dawn Campbell who was arrested on outstanding warrants just 10 days after her publicized wedding at Switchpoint Community Resource Center in St. George.
Campbell and her groom, Michael Deuel, wed on June 8 at the St. George shelter celebrating prospects of a new and different life together.
But, Campbell had three outstanding warrants. A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy was driving on Bluff Street in St. George June 18 and noticed the couple, later identified as Campbell and Deuel, on a sidewalk engaged in a verbal argument. According to the deputy’s probable cause statement, he separated the two, obtained their Utah identifications and had a records check run, which revealed warrants in three cases giving rise to Campbell’s arrest.
Campbell has since been transferred to Tooele County Jail and is scheduled to appear before a district judge in that county to answer probation violation charges Tuesday.
Campbell was arrested in Tooele in September 2014 on one felony count and two misdemeanor counts of unlawful acquisition of a financial transaction card, one count of vehicle burglary, and one count of theft. All counts were dismissed except for two misdemeanor financial card counts to which she pleaded guilty. In January, she was sentenced to one year in prison for each charge, with the sentence suspended subject to her compliance with probation conditions.
In another case also stemming from 2014, Campbell pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge related to unlawful acquisition, possession, use of a finance card. In January, she was sentenced to five years in prison on that charge, with the sentence suspended subject to probation conditions.
On April 16, warrants were issued out of the two related cases stating Campbell had left the state without approval, failed to pay the required fine and fees and failed to complete a substance abuse evaluation – all violations of her probation.
Campbell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft by receiving stolen property in yet another 2014 case, for which she was sentenced in January to a term of 180 days; that sentence was also suspended subject to probation conditions. According to Utah Courts records, no violation charges have been brought in that case.
Campbell was transported to Tooele County on June 25 to face the probation violation charges, Rebecca Poulsen, legal secretary for the Tooele County Attorney, said. Confirming the violations, she said that Campbell moved to Idaho in violation of a condition that she not leave Utah without prior approval, that she did not complete her court-ordered substance abuse intervention and that she did not pay the fines and court fees levied on her at her sentencing.
Campbell’s hearing is scheduled for July 7 at 9 a.m., Poulsen said. The judge could order resolutions ranging from jail time to reinstatement of her probation, she said.
Salt Lake City warrant
The third warrant on which Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Campbell was for failure to make a mandatory court appearance. That warrant issued out of Salt Lake City 3rd District Court Feb. 10, 2015. The case involved an April 2014 conviction on forgery related charges via a plea in abeyance in which she pleaded guilty to a class A misdemeanor charge and a third-degree felony charge. Since Campbell is in custody, the district judge revoked Campbell’s probation at an arraignment hearing June 29 and sentenced her to 180 days in jail with credit for time served. She is to serve her jail time in Tooele County.
Switchpoint point of view
Switchpoint Executive Director Carol Hollowell said Switchpoint does background checks, but only for violent crimes.
“We don’t hold a past warrant against someone,” Hollowell said, “unless it’s totally dangerous.”
Campbell had attended all of her classes, was gaining employment, and Switchpoint was trying to move Campbell and her husband into an apartment, Hollowell said.
But, Hollowell said, “she has to face the warrants.”
Her hope, Hollowell said, is that Campbell is assigned a new probation officer in Washington County.
“Crystal is making good progress in St. George.”
Ed. note: Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.
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