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Hearing set on charges against former airport chief Michael Gobb

A hearing has been set for 11 a.m. Tuesday in Fayette Circuit Court to determine whether new or old laws will apply in the case of former Blue Grass Airport executive director Michael Gobb, who is charged with nine counts of felony theft by deception in connection with the spending of airport money.

Gobb, who has pleaded not guilty, filed a motion earlier this week asking that the theft amount threshold on each charge be $500. A new state law went into effect last year raising the threshold from $300 to $500.

The indictment refers to both amounts. Gobb also asked that a change in law providing a stiffer penalty range — five to 10 years in prison — for the theft of amounts of $10,000 and more not apply in his case. All of the charges in the indictment against Gobb are listed as Class D felonies, carrying prison sentences of one to five years.

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