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No prison for ex-police chief in unarmed black man's death

6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, September 01 2015 Sep 1, 2015 September 01, 2015 3:22 PM September 01, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

COLUMBIA -  A judge has sentenced a white former South Carolina police chief to a year of home detention, but no prison time in the on-duty fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.

Richard Combs pleaded guilty Tuesday to misconduct in office. Prosecutors agreed to drop a murder charge against him after hung juries in two murder trials.

Circuit Judge Edgar Dickson suspended a 10-year prison sentence for Combs as long as he completes his home detention and five years of probation. The 10-year sentence was the maximum.

Combs shot Walter Bailey three times as he tried to pull out of Eutawville Town Hall in May 2011. Bailey came to complain about a traffic ticket given to his daughter and Combs tried to serve him with an obstruction of justice warrant when Bailey stormed out.

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