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Published: Sunday, March 24 2013 8:40 p.m. MDT

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Mount Pleasant, UT

The first thought that came to me was , this guy needs some anger management real bad. He wouldn't be in jail if he had used control and common sense.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

Sounds like the police were jealous that Campos was doing their job for them. It's hard to judge a guy when it's your daughter that is the one being followed. Yea, he should have called the police but we all know that would have gone nowhere and there would have been more girls targeted and maybe one of them dead.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

doingmybest needs to understand that her three-hour drive is at full speed, 65-75 mph. The cost of gas for that drive is a big burden for someone working part-time (see article), regardless of how much love is involved.

Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT

I really do feel bad for the family, but this guy belongs in prison. You can't chase after someone, cut them off and force them to stop, and then shoot them. How is that self defense? Even the judge said the claim was pathetic.
This whole piece was really strange. I understand feeling sympathy for the family, and their strength in the church. But don't try to make it sound like the guy got a raw deal.

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

Hard to judge as none of us were there. Would like to hear the 16 year olds side of the story. She was there.

I think most agree he should have called police and stayed home. If we are honest most of us dads would want to go find the person following our daughters. Stupid but true. In this case it turned out bad. If there were no guns then there might have been a fight. And that would have proved little at best too. Personally I see fault on both sides as I think was shared in the article. Sounds like we have a good guy who lost his temper and better jugement deal with a preditor who was out looking for victims (or no good) who also had a gun. Why was he on the streets chasing girls with a gun? A bad guy out looking for bad guys? Come on.

So what was the proper sentance here? There is some liability for the Dad but I see more to the story on the other guy especially now that we have more of his story. Bottom line it is as ad story. Hope it has a happy ending.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

The vigilante mentality is going to wreck a lot more lives. One of the most alarming ironies I live with in this community is being surrounded by people who go to Church on Sunday but worship guns the rest of the week. Folks, we have a police force. If there's a problem, call them and let it go from there.

Kearns, UT

I know people who know both parties in this situation. They believe Campos not the other guy. Their feelings about this stituation were validated by the sex crime conviction.

Me personally? The truth is somewhere in the middle. The dude should be out of prison soon, but they most likely won't let him out because he isn't showing any remorse. That is how the board of pardons works. No remorse, no parole. Doesn't matter if you are guilty or innocent.


Another great argument for gun control. Two machos in the night. What a perfect combination for trouble.

Mchenry, IL

You can't shoot a person who has a history of DUI for being at someones home with alcohol in it. You can't punish someone because they may at some point commit a crime.

He is not innocent of shooting someone. The only question is whether he was justified in shooting. What if a sex offender moves onto a block. Does a neighbor have the right to shoot them because they sit in the front yard when their kid walked past on the way to a friends house?

The wife doesn't have to feel remorse. Just the husband.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

"He then grabbed his gun and his daughter to went back out to search for the vehicle that had been following them." A very, very unfortunate story across the board. But this statement says is all for me. Nothing would have happened that night if Dad had simply called police to inform them of the situation. Dad had his daughter home safe and sound. Tuck her into bed and go to bed yourself. As citizens we simply can't take the law into our own hands in such a situation. Let the cops take care of this. So, self-defense or attempted murder, this should have never risen to such a level.

Salt Lake City, UT

Not wanting to pass judgement on the circumstances of this case, I do want to say that I have to admire the attitude of the wife in being able to choose not to stay in an attitude of bitterness and depression and to be able to see the good that has come out of an extremely difficult situation. I hope I could do the same.

Santaquin, UT

"This is a perfect example of what happens when everybod is carrying."

Tens of thousands of Utah's citizens have conceal carry permits and own firearms. Four years ago one of them guns down another and you conclude that is what happens when everybody has a weapon. Thousands of gun owners and thousands of hours of neighborhood watch hours without incident and one isolated tragedy four years ago makes you think vigilante justice is replacing the rule of law. Did you miss the part where both men are in prison? Now that is what I call a serious lack of perspective.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

This was not a "mistake" as Mrs Campos claims.
Her husband's actions resulted from a series of purposeful actions.

None of this would have happened, if he had just called the police when his daughter reported being "followed".
But in Utah's gun-happy culture, the armed need to find a reason to use their guns.

Please, save us from the vigilantes....and I hope Mrs Campos finds peace while her husband is in prison.
She should be thinking about past incidents in their lives, and deciding whether this is a marriage she wants to maintain -- because she's the loser in all of it.

Most Truthful and Patriotic
Layton, UT

BleedsBlue --
The wife may feel differently, when her husband gets out of prison.

I know a woman who stuck with her husband while he was in prison, but after he got out, found that he couldn't get a job to support the family. She still has to carry all the household expenses, is still paying off attorneys fees ... and now believes that she wasted 15 years of her life.

She's 65 now, and can't even retire. She'd lose her home, which she had to mortgage to pay off attorneys.

Salt Lake City, UT

JJJHS--I don't know that you and I see eye-to-eye on everything, but I think you are spot on with this one. It was a mistake of the highest order to get his gun, leave the house, and go looking for this guy. I am a gun owner, with two daughters, and am not insensitive to his feelings. But, his emotions got the better of him (and, unfortunately, his family). He should have just called 911. There was no immediate danger to his family when he left his home. The judge in this case was right when he said Campos couldn't use a self-defense argument.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Yahoos with guns. Nothing good will ever happen.

Bluffdale, UT

Our prayers are with you and your family!

A mistake was made, yes, but in defense of his daughter. It wasn't an excuse to use a gun, or to stir up trouble.(Honestly, why would a father with a family to care for want to find an EXCUSE to shoot someone?) Yes, he should have stayed home and called the cops. But he didn't, that's not what happened. So he got some time. But attempted murder? Don't be ridiculous.

Serbeck had only been in the neighborhood a little while; who's to say he wouldn't have attacked more young girls here? And when would the other girls have ever been able to come forward, if this man hadn't been put in a place where he could not HURT THEM anymore. THIS is why Mrs. Campos feels it was "meant to be." Because even at the sacrifice of having her husband gone from her for a few years, Serbeck was caught in his run.

But as I said. A few years. We hope the trial this morning was a just and fair trial.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

Folks, Serbeck was not alone in his car.

He was not following Campos' daughter -- he was following a GROUP of girls, in an area where there had been burglaries.
Those girls were later found in a car matching the description of the suspect car.

That car drove to the Campos home.

Whatever Serbeck is guilty of, is not connected to the night where Campos shot him.

Colorado Springs, CO

Schutzengel: First, he did not even attack these girls - he was only following them after they were in his neighborhood - so to say he had attacked or would attack anyone else is a false accusation.

Then you say: "And when would the other girls have ever been able to come forward, if this man hadn't been put in a place where he could not HURT THEM anymore."

When did he actually hurt them? I did not read anywhere where he actually "hurt them." Where is the testimony of what happened from the other male person he had with them? I didn't read what he said. And Mr. Campos knew none of this man's history prior to shooting him!

This is a case where most of you, without having been at the trial, are taking into account a person's history and then convicting that person for something he didn't do, at least to these girls!


I am interested in this story for one reason, I can see myself doing something similar if a creep had been chasing my daughter. I don't believe for a minute this man grabbed his gun to go enact vigilante justice. He grabbed the gun because he knew that chasing down criminals was dangerous and he might need to protect himself, which he did. This guy doesn't belong in jail. We all know the police are stretched thin sometimes and calling them might have solved nothing. I have chased vandals out of my yard with my gun before. This could easily have been me. Sad this family is ruined because a good Dad went with his heart. This other guy was a sexual stalker and predator, a scum. I hope this dad gets set free...and fast.

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