HAZARD—A Perry County man indicted nearly two years ago on murder charges was sentenced to 18 years in jail in Perry County Circuit Court on Thursday as part of a plea deal.
Adrain Banks, 45, of Allais, was indicted on one count first-degree murder in 2012 in connection with the stabbing death of Jerry Combs at Combs’s residence on Walker Branch Road in the Allais community.
Just one week after Banks was indicted, he shot himself and had to be transported for medical treatment to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Though his condition was serious, Banks survived the wounds, and was eventually transported to the Kentucky State Reformatory in La grange, Ky., where he awaited trial.
Bank’s attorney, Brent Flowers, had originally entered a not guilty plea during a telephone arraignment in October 2012; however, on Thursday, Banks appeared in court—wheelchair-bound—to accept a plea deal for the amended charge of first-degree manslaughter.
Judge Bill Engle sentenced Banks to 18 years to serve under that count, and agreed to waive all court fees and costs based on the length of time Banks was sentenced to.
Combs’s family was present in the courtroom at the time of sentencing, however, did not comment on the case or the plea.
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