A Norwalk woman who drove her half-brother and boyfriend to a Fitchville Township home invasion received a discretionary four-month jail term Tuesday.
Treva M. Campbell, 30, of 38 Newton St., already served 99 days in the Huron County Jail. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced her to a discretionary 120 days for tampering with evidence, meaning she has 21 days left to serve at the discretion of her probation officer during her three years of probation. If Campbell further violates her community control sanctions, she faces three years in prison.
Campbell also was fined $250 and is subject to random drug screens.
Last week after two days of testimony, a jury found Campbell's half-brother, Jeremy M. Sax, 35, of Norwalk, guilty of robbery, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence for the March 1 incident. He remains in custody at the Huron County Jail without bond until he is sentenced Thursday.
Campbell, in late April, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed one count of burglary.
"Even if she came in and yelled at them to stop and give him the money, she wasn't the main participant and didn't strike any blows," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
"She was involved in what was a very serious situation," he said. "I find it unlikely she didn't really know what was happening."
Testimony in Sax's trial indicates he and Campbell's boyfriend, former Norwalk resident Larry Thornsberry, went to the male victim's home to get money and heroin from him. Multiple deputies said Sax's then-girlfriend, who previously dated the victim, owed the victim $40 and the victim had her laptop computer as collateral. Thornsberry testified it took more "force" than expected, which forced him to hold the man from behind while Sax assaulted him.
"He was the dope boy, so that was the easiest way to get it," Thornsberry said.
Thornsberry, 36, of Sandusky, has pleaded guilty to burglary and attempted tampering with evidence. He will be sentenced Oct. 30.
Campbell testified she saw Sax throw an airsoft pistol wrapped in a sock out of the window of the vehicle she drove from the crime scene.
"Jeremy just threw it over Larry's head. I was sitting beside Larry," she said.
Defense attorney Tom Freeman said his client didn't expect to cause any serious physical harm.
"She didn't enter the victim's home. She didn't steal any heroin," said Freeman, who was confident Campbell regrets participating in the crime.
Campbell apologized for the pain inflicted on the victim, his family and her family.