A guilty plea is entered in the killing of an Eastern Kentucky doctor in 2009
A man accused in the 2009 killing of a Perry County doctor has pleaded guilty. John Combs was accused of walking into the Leatherwood-Blackey Clinic in 2009 where he shot Dr. Dennis Sandlin. Police said the shooting took place because Sandlin refused to give Combs drugs. Officials say Combs became threatening when Sandlin asked him to agree to a urine test before prescribing him pain killers. The Commonwealth attorney's office is suggesting Combs receive 40 years in prison for the murder. The judge is expected to follow the recommendation. Had the case gone to trial, Combs could have faced the death penalty if the case had gone to trial.
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