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