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Former airport executive director sentenced to probation for theft

The former executive director of Blue Grass Airport will not spend any time behind bars for using airport money on personal expenses.

Fayette County Judge Pamela Goodwine sentenced Michael Gobb Friday morning to five years on theft by deception charges, but that sentence was reduced to probation as long as Gobb doesn't get into any more trouble with the law.

If Gobb violates any law or any part of his probation, the judge told him he'll have to spend at least 60 days in jail.

As part of his sentence, Gobb will also have to complete 500 hours of community service.

Gobb pleaded guilty to theft by deception earlier this year. He admitted using airport money for personal purchases.

Several other former airport executives were also charged in the spending scandal.

In court Friday, Gobb stated he's a changed man and he deeply regrets his actions.

"I hope through my experiences I can help others avoid experiences similar to mine and my failings," Gobb said.

His lawyer says Gobb has received help for the drug and alcohol problems at the time of the scandal. We're also told Gobb has rejoined his church.

Judge Goodwine said Gobb violated the trust of the people of Lexington, but said jail time wouldn't do Gobb or the community any good.

She also said Gobb's probation would be under "the most intense level of supervision."

Gobb's sentencing date had been delayed until Friday to give him time to pay off $41,000 worth of restitution he still owed.

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