UPDATE: A man convicted of robbing and killing a man was in a Mercer County courtroom for his sentencing Feb. 4, 2014.
Oscar Combs Senior was found guilty in January of robbing and killing James “Bo” Butler.
Wednesday, Combs Seniors lawyers motioned for a re-trial, but the motion was denied.
Judge Swope sentenced Combs Senior to life in prison for the murder, 80 years for the robbery, and 1 to 5 years for the conspiracy.
Reba Crawford, James “Bo” Butler’s sister, says “he gave our brother no mercy, and that’s what he got. You know he got life in prison, we lost our brother, the youngest of his boy was 14 when his daddy was murdered.”
Combs Senior and his son robbed James “Bo” Butler. Combs Junior shot him in the back of the head, but the state proved that Combs senior intended to leave James “Bo” Butler dead, even though he wasn’t the one that pulled the trigger, “He knew our brother and he set him up and he can say what he want to about it, he didn’t intend to kill him. He knew our brother and he knew he could not just attack him.”
One of James “Bo” Butler’s sons gave a statement before the sentencing telling Combs Senior how much he misses his dad and how he hopes he gets what he deserves.
ORIGINAL STORY: A hearing was held in Mercer County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2014 for convicted killer Oscar Combs, Sr. A jury found Combs guilty of First Degree Murder on Jan. 8, 2015. He killed James “Bo” Butler in 2011.
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The hearing on Wednesday was to determine if there was a reason to have a re-trial. That motion was made by Combs’ attorneys after the trial wrapped up. The judge denied the motion and proceeded to sentence Combs. He was given Life in prison without mercy on the First Degree Murder charge. Combs was also given 80 years for First Degree Robbery and one to five years for Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.
Combs is also facing murder charges out of Wyoming County. He is accused of killing Teresa Ford after police found her remains buried on Combs’ property in April 2014.