SIDEBAR: Beer convicted for her role in killing
Tashia L. Beer, then 14, of West Burke, who was Victoria Campbell Beer's step-child, was initially charged with first-degree murder. She was accused of convincing Scott Favreau to kill Campbell Beer in 2000.
After Beer's capture, state police questioned her without advising her of her right to remain silent; police also did not arrange for her to speak with an adult or with an attorney. Later, Beer's defense attorneys successfully argued that statements she gave to police after her capture could not be used against her.
Nonetheless, Beer was convicted in January 2005 for her role in the killing. In an agreement, she pleaded guilty to manslaughter and second-degree unlawful restraint charges. She was sentenced to 10-to-15 years to serve on the manslaughter charge with all but 10 years suspended and one-to-five years on the unlawful restraint charge, consecutive to the manslaughter sentence. She was given credit for the 59 months she was in custody and was released in 2006, when she moved to Las Vegas where she worked and lived with her two children.
Beer was also ordered to remain on probation until further order of the court but she petitioned the court last year to be let off of probation and returned to Vermont in August to testify in support of her petition. Her request was denied by Judge Mary Miles Teachout, who said she wasn't satisfied Beer had spent enough time on probation. Earlier this year, Beer, now 29, was extradited to Vermont after her probation officer in Las Vegas learned she was living with a convicted felon, which is a violaton of her court-ordered conditions.
Judge Robert Bent released Beer with conditions, despite an argument by Caledonia County State's Attorney Lisa Warren that Beer should be held without bail due to the violent nature of the underlying conviction and the state's intention to prosecute Beer to the fullest.
"We will be looking for imposition of the original sentence," said Warren. "Nevada doesn't want her. They booted her back to Vermont. Vermont thinks she should be incarcerated pending a merits hearing."
Beer's conditions include that she not leave St. Johnsbury, that she abide by a 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew, that she live with her sister and that she not contact Favreau. Her next court date has yet to be scheduled.
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