Wednesday Apr 04 2012
Bail reduction denied for Loomis man accused of embezzlement
By: Joyia Emard Gold Country News Service
Defendant threatened to cut off horse’s leg with chainsaw
ROSEVILLE — Joseph Charles Campbell, 45, of Loomis, appeared in court Wednesday and a bail reduction request was denied. Campbell is being held on $250,000 bail for felony grand theft. Campbell’s co-defendant, Morgan Lynn Pryde, 23, of Loomis, who has been released on bail, also appeared. Campbell is charged with 11 felonies and Pryde is charged with 10 felonies. Both are charged with three counts of theft or embezzlement of an elderly person by a non-caretaker; three counts of conspiracy to defraud a person; three counts of grand theft by embezzlement and extortion. Campbell is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The couple was arrested on March 8 and both have pleaded not guilty. Campbell and Pryde were appearing at an early status conference in the Roseville courtroom of Judge Eugene S. Gini, Jr. Public defender Cynthia Woodburn, representing Campbell, requested a bail reduction for her client. She said the amount Campbell is accused of taking is $150,000 and the bail should not be higher than that. She said she did not believe Campbell was a flight risk. Prosecutor Todd Kuhnen opposed a bail reduction based on Campbell’s prior record, which included a felony conviction in 2003. Kuhnen also asked for an alleged victim to speak to the court. The victim tearfully requested the bail not be reduced because she said Campbell had threatened her and had “threatened to cut off her horse’s leg with a chain saw.” The victim said she had a restraining order against Campbell, but did not feel that would protect her. In response, Woodburn said the threat was made because the victim’s horse had kicked Campbell’s horse and that he had not planned to carry out the threat. Campbell and Pryde are scheduled to appear in court again at 8:30 a.m., May 2.