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Lewis won't face 98 months in prison, but one year of probationary jail time
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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

The 28-year-old Brainerd man, who was found guilty in the beating death of another man on Aug. 14, 2008, in downtown Brainerd, and who violated his probation this year will not have to face a 98-month prison sentence.

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Judge Erik Askegaard sentenced Bradley Thomas Lewis to one year of probationary jail time on Aug. 21 in Crow Wing District Court.

Lewis could have faced prison time for violating his probation. Part of his 2009 sentence was that if he violates any of the terms of his probation, he could face up to 98 months in prison. Lewis was sentenced to a year in jail for the death of Chad Charles Campbell, which included 15 years of supervised probation.

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, had 16 conditions he has had to 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. Lewis violated his probation sometime after Aug. 24, 2011. Lewis was taken into custody on the allegations for violating the terms of his probation on Jan. 3 and he admitted that he violated the conditions on April 23.

Court documents state that Lewis was diagnosed with epilepsy and schizophrenia at an office visit on Aug. 24. 2011, and he was prescribed medications to treat the illnesses. On Sept. 11, 2011, Lewis lost his relationship with his therapist and he started using alcohol and intoxicants.

The court documents stated that after going more than two years on exemplary probation, Lewis was in violation of his probation because of his seizures, epilepsy, accompanied by a disability and being diagnosed with a mental illness, loss of his therapist, making him relapse to alcohol and intoxicants.

Before the 2008 criminal charges against Lewis, court documents said that Lewis would consume 10 or more whiskey drinks every other night and he often used marijuana when he was drinking. The report said that Lewis started using methamphetamines at age 13.

The judge ruled that Lewis must abide by all his previous conditions of his probation and he also will be supervised for the remainder of his sentence. Lewis also must schedule individualized therapy sessions; schedule an updated psychiatric medical assessment and an updated Chemical Use Assessment (CUA ), and if the CUA recommends treatment he shall successfully enter and complete any such treatment. Pending the completion of the CUA, Lewis shall reside with and be supervised by either his mother, step father or his fiancee.

Lewis also must make arrangements for retaining seizure management; activate his disability benefits; and reinstate his insurance and benefits.

Lewis also must not enter for any reason any liquor-selling establishment and not be in downtown Brainerd any time after 5:30 p.m. in the area between South Sixth Street, South Ninth Street, Front Street and Norwood Street.

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.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl.

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