Combs sentenced to six years

April 23rd, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: News

The Cherry Grove woman charged in the death of Todd Reed, 42, of 2130 state Route 133 was sentenced to six years in prison by Judge Jerry McBride Thursday, March 15.

Misty Combs, 28, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide with an alcohol specification and driving under the influence of alcohol on March 19. A driving under suspension charge and two alternative charges, driving under the influence without a Blood Alcohol Content test and aggravated vehicular homicide without an alcohol specification, were dismissed.

Combs was doing “doughnuts” in a field at Reed’s residence in the early morning hours of Jan. 9.

Misty Combs
Reed was sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle when the 2007 Dodge truck Combs was driving struck a tree in the snow-covered field. The impact was on the passenger side door and Reed succumb to his injuries at the AirCare landing zone.

Combs was found to have a BAC of .188 and admitted to smoking marijuana on the night of the accident.

Combs was on the waiting list to serve time for an Oct. 2009 hit and run traffic accident and did not have her license at the time of the accident.

McBride sentenced Combs to six years in prison for the count of vehicular homicide and a $375 fine and 180 days in jail for the DUI count. Each sentence will be served concurrently.

She also faces three years of community control upon her release and a lifetime driving suspension.

Reed's family was present at the sentencing hearing but declined to address the court.

Prosecuting Attorney for the case, Kevin Miles, said Combs faced a maximum sentence of eight years and a required minimum of two years.

"The sentence was within the statutory limits," Miles said. "She pled guilty and spared the family the additional trauma of a trial, so the state is satisfied with the sentence."
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