Man pleads to lesser charge in robbery case

Cris Ritchie — Editor

October 2, 2013

HAZARD—A Perry County man could be sentenced to a total of three years in prison on charges stemming from an alleged theft in 2012.

Albert Noble, 27, of Bulan, was indicted in September 2012 on allegations that he used force while committing a theft at the Grapevine BP in Perry County on Aug. 10, 2012. He was additionally accused of assaulting a police officer and attempting to take the officer’s sidearm.

During a court appearance on Thursday, Noble entered an Alford plea to an amended count of receiving stolen property in exchange for three years to serve. He was originally indicted on a count of first-degree robbery. An Alford plea means Noble maintains his innocence, but acknowledges the evidence against him would likely result in a conviction had the case gone to trial.

Noble also pleaded to charges of third-degree assault, first-degree fleeing or evading police, disarming a police officer, theft, and third-degree criminal mischief. According to the plea agreement, a final count of persistent felony offender will be dismissed, and Noble will be sentenced to a total of three years to serve. He will additionally be required to pay $305 in restitution upon his release from prison.

Noble’s plea averted a jury trial that had been set for Monday in Perry Circuit Court. He is now set for sentencing on Oct. 31.