Plea ends former police chief's case in death of black man

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Posted: Sep 02, 2015 5:32 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The family of an unarmed black man shot to death by a white former police chief of a small South Carolina town reluctantly accepted a plea deal on a lesser charge that will give him a year of home detention, but no prison time.

Former chief Richard Combs didn't like the deal either because he thinks the shooting was justified. But both sides say they were ready to end a four-year ordeal that started in May 2011. Combs had tried to arrest Bernard Bailey on an obstruction of justice warrant after they argued weeks before about a traffic ticket for Bailey's daughter.

Combs pleaded guilty to misconduct in office Tuesday. He was sentenced to a year of home detention. He had been charged with murder.