Family Feels Courts Let Them Down

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

Tom and James Beckum say they are frustrated with the legal system. Their feelings stem from the case involving the death of Jennie Beckum. Beckum died in June from injuries she sustained when she was struck in the head with a board her nephew, Patrick Combs, was attempting to throw at two other men during an altercation. Combs struck a plea deal in the case and was sentenced to probation.

Combs has spent the past several months in jail on an unrelated parole violation. But as of this weekend, he is out of jail, on probation.

The Beckum family believes Combs is dangerous and needs to be put away.

"I didn't want him to spend the rest of his life in prison but at least enough time to realize he messed up," said James Beckum, Jennie Beckum's son.

"He has a real bad anger problem, anything can set him off," he added.

Beckum said he received a letter from Combs recently. In it, Combs apologizes for the damage he's caused to the family. But Beckum says he's not interested in an apology.

"I don't want no apology. I don't want to see his face either," he said.

Tom Beckum is the late Jennie Beckum's husband. He says the whole series of events has torn his family apart.

"It's been real hard on my kids. They're full of anger, full of hurt," he said. "The whole system fell down in my opinion," he added.


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  • by joe bush Location: lexington on Nov 20, 2008 at 01:29 PM
    First of all you all need to contact her husband and son and ask what they were putting her through when this accident took place. She has had a rough life and now she has nothing to worry about, not even worry about where she is going to lay her head down at night now. She is in no more pain and is being loved by the Man above and with her dad and infant son!
  • by grumpy on Nov 17, 2008 at 03:47 PM
    dont put them in jail to get out or paroled just exicute them after the trial then we will not have overcrouded jails and save money feeding them
  • by anoy Location: ky on Nov 17, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    how is this man out on parole?? he killed someone, you get more time for theft than you do murder..
  • by Lee on Nov 17, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    The Bible says to forgive. Yes I know they have lost a loved one, but I believe they should try to forgive.
  • by Gale Location: Lancaster on Nov 17, 2008 at 04:50 AM
    Once again the legal system let a murder go free. He should have been put in jail and key throwed away for his entire life.
  • by Andy on Nov 17, 2008 at 04:37 AM
    There is no justice in Kentucky.Just democart politics.Dems. can get away with murder anytime.
  • by Lisa Location: Lexington on Nov 17, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    OMG A court system in Kentucky that didn't work? Let me know when one DOES work and then report that news will you? I'm sure a lot of people would be interested in hearing about how at least ONE court in the state of Kentucky works.Our judicial system is a joke folks. When a convicted felon on death row begs to be put to death...something's wrong with this picture

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