WARSAW—A Mentone man was sentenced today in Kosciusko Circuit Court after robbing the Warsaw CVS store last year.
Jesse Ray Combs, 27, 3705 S. SR 25, Mentone, was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, a level 3 felony; and possession of a narcotic drug, a level 3 felony.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, before 11 p.m. on July 20, 2017, Combs approached the pharmacy counter and drew a handgun, pointed it at the pharmacist and ordered them to give him all the opiates.
The pharmacist gave Combs a bin of Hydrocodone pills.
Combs then left the pharmacy, and police located him approximately five blocks away from CVS. He was then taken into custody.
Prosecutor Daniel Hampton argued that this is a high level felony because the robbery occurred in a pharmacy. He suggested that a 15-year sentence be given.
Defense attorney Jay Rigdon mentioned current events, saying that a combination of guns and mental health issues is growing and needs to be addressed.
Rigdon also said that Combs has pre-existing mental health issues. He argued for allowing Combs time on probation to get into a healthier mental state.
When Judge Michael Reed asked Combs for his thoughts on his actions, he didn’t have much to say.
“It was spur of the moment and out of character,” Combs said.
Judge Reed sentenced Combs to 12 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections, with a 5 1/2 year probationary period.