August 9, 2012
HAZARD – A former Perry County magistrate was sentenced to probation Thursday after entering an Alford Plea to a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property.
Pearl “Bubby” Combs, 55, was originally charged by the grand jury in March on one count of receiving stolen property over $500, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The former owner of the Bubby Combs BP in Darfork, he was alleged to have taken possession of $10,000 worth of diesel fuel that he knew was stolen during an incident in 2008. The fuel belonged to Trumbo Oil.
Combs appeared in Perry Circuit Court this week where he entered the Alford Plea, meaning that while he maintains his innocence, he also admits that a guilty plea would be in his best interest because the evidence against him would likely end in a conviction had the case gone to trial.
Combs entered the plea in exchange for an amended charge of misdemeanor receiving stolen property and a sentence of two years of unsupervised probation. He was also ordered to pay $10,015 in restitution, plus 5 percent interest, which he paid to the victim while in court this week.
Conditions of Combs’s probation include that he commit no further offenses and will be subject to random drug testing. If he fails to follow the conditions of his probation, he could serve six months in jail.
Combs served one term as magistrate in Perry County’s second magisterial district from 2006 to 2010.