Holcombe sentenced to four years

Randall Holcombe nwfdn sentenced

Randall Holcombe

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

PENSACOLA — Randall Holcombe, a confidant of former Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris who benefited from his bonus kickback scheme, was sentenced Thursday to 48 months in prison for racketeering and grand theft.

Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Linda Nobles handed down a sentence identical to the ones she crafted nearly two years ago for fellow defendants Mike Coup, Sandra Norris and David Yacks.

Coup, Morris’ chief deputy; Norris, his finance director; and Yacks, an assistant supervisor of information technology; were sentenced March 30, 2011, after they were found guilty of the same charges.

Morris is serving a 71-month federal sentence for fraud, theft and money laundering. Teresa Adams, his administrative director, has completed a 36-month federal sentence and is serving probation for state charges of racketeering and theft.

Nobles referred often to the “Coup group” during Holcombe’s sentencing hearing.

“I am aware that the Coup group got more money than Mr. Holcombe, but testimony indicated they were working their job and that Mr. Holcombe seemed to be spending a substantial amount of time at (estate) sales,” Nobles said. “I am going to impose the exact same sentence I imposed in those cases.”

Holcombe received more than $90,000 in bonuses from Morris and kicked backed $18,000, according to prosecutors.

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