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Brainerd man responsible for 2008 death put back on probation

Bradley Thomas Lewis

The 28-year-old Brainerd man — sentenced in 2009 to one year in jail for the beating death of Chad Charles Campbell on Aug. 14, 2008 — who violated his probation and could have faced prison time, will be placed back on probation.

Bradley Thomas Lewis appeared Friday in Crow Wing District Court for a sentencing hearing after he alleging violated the conditions of his probation. Part of Lewis’ 2009 sentence was that if he violates any of the terms of his probation, he could face up to 98 months in prison. Part of Lewis’ original sentence included 15 years of supervised probation.

Judge Erik Askegaard ruled that Lewis did violate his probation, but he remained amenable to probation. Askegaard reinstated Lewis’ probation and a future court date will be set to determine what consequences will result due to the probation violation.

Lewis, who entered a plea of guilty to first-degree manslaughter in 2009 in exchange for the dismissal of charges of second-degree unintentional murder, first-degree assault, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault, has had 16 conditions he must follow as part of his probation. According to court records, Lewis violated the conditions of no possession or use of drugs and alcohol and he failed to remain in contact with his probation officer.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Lewis in 2008, witnesses indicated that Campbell “seemed like he did not want to fight and had his hands up in a defensive manner when (Lewis) ran around a group of people, struck Campbell one time on the side of the head knocking him to the ground and rendering him unconscious. At that point, (Lewis) left the scene.”

Campbell died Aug. 19, 2008 in St. Cloud Hospital.

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