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Convicted neighborhood watch shooter Reggie Campos released from prison

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News

Published: Tue, July 22 7:52 p.m. MDT

 Kathy Campos looks at a photograph of her husband Reggie Campos at her home in Southern Utah, Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Kathy Campos looks at a photograph of her husband Reggie Campos at her home in Southern Utah, Thursday, March 21, 2013.

(Alan Neeves, Deseret News)

UTAH STATE PRISON — A man convicted in the shooting of a neighborhood watchman in Bluffdale nearly four years ago was released from prison on Tuesday.

Reggie Campos, 44, shot David Serbeck on July 22, 2009, and pointed his gun at another man who was with Serbeck during a late-night confrontation in the middle of a street in their Bluffdale neighborhood. Campos, a licensed CPA, said he believed a stranger was pursuing his frightened teenage daughter. He claimed he was acting in self-defense. Serbeck said he was simply doing a neighborhood watch patrol.

Campos was originally convicted of attempted murder and aggravated assault and sentenced to up to five years in prison. His attempted murder conviction was overturned in 2013. Campos worked out a plea deal with prosecutors so that he was re-charged with discharge of a firearm, a second-degree felony, for shooting Serbeck and immediately pleaded guilty.

On Tuesday, Campos was picked up by his brother at the Utah State Prison. He decided not to address members of the media waiting outside the prison nearby. His brother said he may release a statement later.

Serbeck, who was paralyzed from the shooting, remained in prison Tuesday. After the Campos trial was over, Serbeck was convicted in 2012 on three counts of unlawful sex with a minor, a 17-year-old neighbor girl. His next parole hearing is scheduled for 2015.

— Pat Reavy

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1. MrDave
Brownsburg, IN,
July 22, 2014

Its about time! I would have done the same. I am glad he is now back with his family and friends.

2. mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT,
July 22, 2014

So he shot someone that was no danger to him. Spent several years in prison, and was bankrupted by lawyer fees and a civil suit. And you think it was the right thing to do. I would have called the cops, which is what he now says he should have done.

3. Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT,
July 22, 2014

I'm glad they let him out.

4. lib1
Provo, UT,
July 22, 2014

So Campos is out of prison and Serbeck is in prison?

The first shall be last and the last shall be first.

5. Flashback
Kearns, UT,
July 23, 2014

Lib 1, you obviously didn't read the article and find that Serbeck is in prison for sexual offenses. Or do you think it's ok for an adult male to have sex with a 17 year old girl?