A look back at 2014; a busy year in court

From left, Kevin Campbell, Joseph Montiel and Wade Cole Dickinson

From left, Kevin Campbell, Joseph Montiel and Wade Cole Dickinson

Looking back at the activity in Camp Verde's courtroom in 2014:

Kevin Campbell

A Mayer man, 53-year old Kevin Lee Campbell, was arrested in February after robbing four banks including the Cottonwood Bank of America and the Camp Verde Chase branch. Campbell was arrested after robbing a National bank of Arizona in Chino Valley.

After Chino Valley National Bank of Arizona employees were able to get the license plate number as the robber fled, officers eventually found Campbell in an unused travel trailer.

Arizona Department of Corrections records show Campbell was released from prison in January 2012 after serving time for robbery, theft, aggravated assault and forgery in Mohave County.

In November, Campbell pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery, one count of theft, one count of endangerment and one count of unlawful flight in Yavapai County Superior Court in Prescott.

Joseph Montiel

Two years after being charged with homicide, Joseph Montiel pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in November for stabbing his estranged wife, Jamie Treakle Montiel, in exchange for dismissal of other charges.

Montiel, 45, calmly admitted in court that he stabbed the younger woman in a rage and then dumped her body on a dirt side road off Cherry Creek Road, in the hills above the jail.

A family search party eventually found Montiel's truck top-centered and abandoned and police found the woman's body nearby.

Judge Michael Bluff set Montiel's sentencing for Jan. 13, 2015. Terms of the plea agreement call for imprisonment for his natural life with no chance for release for any reason.

Wade Cole Dickinson

After Wade Cole Dickinson was found guilty of a series of offenses of fraud of an insurance company, weapons and drugs while on probation, he was facing 24 years in prison.

Instead, he escaped from the county jail in Camp Verde. In the daring mid-day jail break, Dickinson, a physical trainer, scaled the recreation yard wall, ran across a roof, hoisted himself up onto a basketball hoop and crawled through the exterior fence, dropping to the ground and fled and was on the lam for a couple of months.

Corrections officials were alerted by a neighboring business who said that a man in orange pants attempted to steal his pickup. Police posted a reward, but Dickinson was not caught, until he was apprehended by US Marshals while living at a working class Las Vegas apartment near the Strip.

Now he is stiff facing escape charges, but Judge Michael Bluff has ordered him directly to prison to be held there.

On the Verde Independent Facebook page, the four most followed postings relating to Dickinson's escape and capture yielded a total post reach of 12,860 and a total post impression of 27,046, according to Facebook data.

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