Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Court upholds Camp ruling

600010701745The highest court in the state has upheld a ruling by the 26th Judicial District Court and a Minden man returned to jail to serve time for planning to burn down Horseshoe Casino.

Just after noon Monday, Minden Police, Webster Parish Sheriff's deputies, Troop G and a member of the U.S. Marshal's task force arrested Charles Benjamin Camp, 77, as a fugitive.

Camp was first arrested in July, 2007 after making a threatening phone call to the Bossier City-based casino.

According to reports, Camp was upset at not receiving a complementary meal to Jack Binion's Steak House, a restaurant inside the casino.

In April, 2010, Camp was found guilty following a three-day trial that concluded with a 10 to 2 vote to convict.

District Court Judge Jeff Cox sentenced Camp to serve five years at hard labor, suspending all but one year.

"The defendant admits no guilt and takes no responsibility," Cox said. "He is confident it (conviction) will be overturned. Any less sentence takes away the seriousness of the crime."

In addition, Camp must report to Probation and Parole for five years, is not allowed to enter any casino or gambling facility, must submit to substance abuse treatment, attend Alcoholics Anonymous and Anger Management classes, must refrain from alcohol and medication that is not prescribed by a doctor and pay court costs and three off-duty witness fees.

Camp's appeal made it to the Louisiana Supreme Court where it was denied Friday.






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