Created: 07/01/2014 9:10 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4
We know Mason Campbell’s attorneys want him in, and then out of treatment in just two years.
His attorneys filed a memo at the Chaves County Courthouse late Tuesday afternoon. They explain how Campbell was chronically bullied, but how he is a "bright, young, loving child" who "deeply regrets" what he did. His attorneys have a very specific treatment plan in the works. They hope the judge gets behind it.
Sadly, memories of the crime scene at Berrendo Middle School will forever persist in Roswell. Questions too like, how and why?
However, in that pre-sentencing memo from Mason Campbell’s attorneys, we finally have a better explanation. They quote Campbell’s clinical psychologist who determined the boy was not only bullied, but is “Developmentally less mature with his peers and socially and emotionally immature.” Together, the psychologist says that limits his ability to control his emotions and moods.
Despite all that, the psychologist recommends Campbell be in a setting that is therapeutic, well-structured and supervised near his family, specifically the Lincoln Pines Youth Center.
The psychologist said Mason is highly amenable to psychological interventions, is motivated, and his family is extremely supportive.
Under the law, the attorneys want the now 13-year-old treated for two years, with semi-annual mental health evaluations, then released if doctors determine he's no longer a danger to himself or the community.
His attorneys hope 24 support letters from his friends and relatives will help, by backing up his character.
One woman wrote, in part: "He was always willing to help other students with their work if needed."
Campbell's mother, Jennifer, wrote, in part, that he: "Has always been the most loving and caring.” She also explained that her son expressed extreme remorse right after the shooting. She said, "Two hours after the event, the first words out of his mouth were, 'I don't care what happens to me, I just want the kids to be ok.”