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A Vista man was sentenced to 180 days “work furlough,” after he was found guilty of felony resisting-arrest during a loud house party last November.

Eric Gregory Campbell, 46, will be allowed to go to his mechanic’s job during the day, but must go back into custody at a detention center every night for six months, according to his attorney Bradley Corbett. The convicted felon must pay for this privilege, his attorney said. “It costs about 30 dollars a day.”

A jury heard evidence during a two-day trial last month, that Eric Campbell approached a deputy on the street outside a boisterous house-party and cursed the officer. Campbell denies using foul language. He took the witness stand to explain that he went out to the street to direct his girlfriend where to park.

Sheriff’s deputy Frank Leyva said he had been in the street for more than an hour trying to direct traffic away from the scene and to disperse the unruly crowd of about 200 persons. When Eric Campbell refused to stop his approach, the officer said he took hold of Campbell and put him on the hood of a car, and then their arms and legs became entangled, and then both men went to the ground.

Eric Campbell’s head got bloodied in the scuffle that night, November 24, 2012. Defense claimed that officers used excessive force.

Campbell and his attorney both expressed disappointment, after the jury verdict last month, and then again after sentencing today. “I felt the 180 days was very harsh considering the circumstances of the case, and the fact that he had no criminal record,” said attorney Bradley Corbett.

Prosecutor David Uyar said that Campbell could have been sentenced to 3 years in prison. The same judge who heard the trial, Honorable Kimberlee Lagotta, pronounced sentence this morning, April 22, 2013.

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