By Travis Uresk 11/10/23
Vernal, Ut. - On Saturday, November 4th, 2023, Deputy Simons was working in the booking area of the Uintah County Jail. Earlier in his shift, he had booked in an inmate by the name of 42-year-old Candice Marie Mason, who had been charged with domestic violence.
During the booking process, Simons served inmate Mason with a jail release agreement (JRA). Simons had Mason read the JRA out loud and confirm that she understood she couldn't have any contact with the alleged victim of her case. Inmate Mason agreed and signed the JRA.
Once completed the booking process and allowed another inmate to finish their call, Inmate Mason used the Booking phone to make several calls.
Once Inmate Mason had finished using the phone, the call monitoring system revealed that she had called 208-771-**** seven times. This number was listed on her JRA as the alleged victim's phone number, and the caller ID indicated the alleged victim's name.
At approximately 4:00 p.m., Simons retrieved a body camera and brought Inmate Mason into the Visit 3 cell to interview her about these calls. After reading her Miranda Rights, Deputy Simons asked Inmate Mason if she still wished to speak with him, and she agreed.
Deputy Simons began to ask Inmate Mason about the calls she made and notified her that Simons was aware of the calls she made to the alleged victim. She changed her story several times, first stating that she shared a phone plan with the alleged victim. She had called the alleged victim's boyfriend, then stated the alleged victim could be heard in the background, and another time claimed the alleged victim was on another line. At one point during this interview process, Inmate Mason also stated that the alleged victim was going to waive the JRA anyway, so it didn't matter if it was violated.
After this interview, Deputy Simons informed Inmate Mason that he would charge her for violating her JRA. Inmate Mason stated that we had to take her to the hospital to speak with a doctor because she was going to have a heart attack.
Simons informed her that he would notify the Jail Medical Staff and return her to her cell. Once Inmate Mason was secured in her cell, Simons spoke to Nurse Gilbert about Inmate Mason's claims.