Holcombe sentenced to four years

Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM.

Clapp also argued that Holcombe’s many charitable contributions to the community and the need for restitution to county taxpayers outweighed the need for incarceration.

Lastly, she argued that Holcombe took the bonus money and kicked it back to Morris because he feared retribution if he did not.

Nobles sided with Edgar, saying that evidence indicated Holcombe, not Morris, held the upper hand in their relationship. She said she feared that if he was left free he would be susceptible to not paying restitution so he could pay his medical bills.

She said taxpayers have spoken loudly and clearly that they wanted those involved in the scandal to be punished.

“This is a breach of public trust. It’s not just about money, it’s about public integrity,” Edgar said as he left the courtroom Thursday. “He deserves a prison sentence for these crimes.”

Like Coup, Norris and Yacks, Holcombe was ordered to serve a six-year probation following his jail term and to pay restitution to the county. In his case, the restitution amounted to $82,548. His fine and court costs came to $94,666.06.

Also like “the Coup group,” Holcombe was allowed to remain free on bond while a promised appeal winds its way through the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee.

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