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Former airport director wants charges lessened

Mike Gobb faces 9 felony counts for allegedly stealing from the airport and tax payers. An audit of the airport found the company credit card was being used inappropriately at places like strip clubs and other forms of entertainment.
Tuesday Gobb was before a judge asking for the benefit of a new law on felonies that went into effect in June of 2009. Before that law, any theft over 300 dollars was a felony in Kentucky. Now you have have be accused of stealing more than $500 for it to be considered a felony.
The Commonwealth's Attorney says Kentucky law favors the defendant in this case. A judge ruled even though the crimes were allegedly committed before June of 2009, the commonwealth must still prove Gobb took more than $500 for each count he's charged with.
The commonwealth says it has no problem with the minimum being $500, saying it makes no difference to its case.
Gobb's attorney says he's pleased with the judge's ruling saying, "under Kentucky law a criminal defendant can elect to take advantage of a lenient new law and a judge recognized our ability to do that today."
Gobb will be back in court in June.


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