New District Judge Lets Defendants Know, “This is Serious.”
He’s been in office for just over a month, but already, District Judge Carson Campbell seems to be sending a message to people who break the law and end up in his courtroom. Three out of four people sentenced last Thursday, January 31, in the 21st District Court of Lee County, were sent to jail, rather than probation. While Judge Campbell was in one of the four county district courts over which he presides when we tried to reach him this week, a look at his campaign webpage, along with the dispositions handed down for the four defendants seen below, leads one to speculate that he will be fair, but strict.
Renee Santacruz, 28 of Giddings, was sentenced to two years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for driving while intoxicated – subsequent. Judge Campbell suspended her driver’s license for two years and ordered her to pay a $60 drug court fee, a $100 EMS Trauma Fund fee and a $15 video fee, in addition to the normal fees imposed on defendants who are convicted in District Court. Those normal fees include $304 in court costs, a $50 Bluebonnet Area Crime Stopper Fee and a $34 DNA testing fee.
Adan Arteaga-Galindo, 24 of Elgin, was also sentenced to two years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, for retaliation. He was ordered to pay $304 in court costs, the $50 Bluebonnet Area Crime Stopper Fee and the $34 DNA testing fee.
Yiandi Castillo-Leyva, 34 of Austin, was sentenced to two separate 10 month confinements in the TDCJ for one conviction of credit card or debit card abuse and one conviction of tampering/ fabricating physical evidence (attempt). In both cases, he was ordered to pay $304 in court costs, the $50 Bluebonnet Area Crime Stopper Fee and the $34 DNA testing fee.
Tenola Glynn Lang, 48 of Austin, was the only defendant sentenced last Thursday given probation rather than jail time. Lang was sentenced to one year’s confinement in the Lee County Law Enforcement Center, probated two years, for assault. She was also ordered to pay $400 for her court appointed attorney, along with $304 in court costs, the $50 Bluebonnet Area Crime Stopper Fee and the $34 DNA testing fee.
Judge Campbell’s webpage says, “The District Court Judge must have the courage and maturity to make difficult decisions.”
Well, if his first few weeks in court are any indication, it appears he plans to make those tough decisions, and, if you speak to those who work with him, he will make those decisions for the benefit of both his constituents and, ultimately, those who end up in his courtroom as defendants.