|By Cris Ritchie, The Hazard Herald, Ky.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
She made note of the fact that Combs has never shown remorse or taken responsibility for his actions that took the life of her father in
"You walked into a nonprofit clinic, supposedly to get treatment from a doctor who would pull his own wallet out to pay for a patient's medication, and you say that he made you angry because he said you didn't have insurance," Sandlin said. "And we know that's probably not exactly what happened.
Sandlin said her family has received love and support from the community, and will continue to do so. And while Combs, now at age 49, will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, she assured him that Dr. Sandlin's family will be present for every parole hearing.
"I hope you live every day thinking of my father's face before you pulled that trigger," she added, "because he deserved to live."
Caudill also took the time to make his own comments on the case, agreeing that Combs has shown no emotional response while in court, and only claimed any type of responsibility during comments he made to probation officers.
"Specifically, I recall the day he took the plea," Caudill said. "He blamed everybody but himself that day. He has shown absolutely no remorse whatsoever in court."
Caudill added Combs has attempted to blame Dr. Sandlin's murder on others, but by his own actions, Combs has affected several people, from the Sandlin family to his own. He said he hopes the state parole board takes into account Combs's failure to take accountability.
"To my eyes, you have never shown the first remorse for what you did, and I think if the system works this is a life sentence, and I hope the system does work in your case," Caudill said. "I hope you don't make parole, because you've shown no reason for it to be granted."
Combs's only verbal output during the hearing was a request to speak, which Caudill denied.
Caudill ordered Combs to be transported to a state prison as soon as possible. He is currently being held at the
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