By BRUCE COLLIER
DeFuniak Springs attorney Jason Cobb entered a plea of no contest in a Santa Rosa County court to one charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to purchase, a second-degree felony. The plea was accepted by Circuit Judge Thomas R. Santurri on March 10. Cobb wil be sentenced on May 29 in Walton County courthouse.
Assistant State Attorney John Molchan prosecuted the case, which arose from a July 2008 incident in which Cobb allegedly purchased some 30 hydrocodone pills from a law enforcement informant in DeFuniak Springs. Cobb was initially booked with trafficking in a controlled substance. The case was transferred to Santa Rosa County. A statement from the State Attorney’s office said “[t]he investigation in this case revealed that the defendant was not involved in the sale or distribution of controlled substances.”
The March 10 plea was accompanied by a sentencing recommendation that Cobb receive no suspended sentence, but be placed on five years’ probation. Cobb would be required to served 11 months, 29 days of that time in jail. Though the final sentence will not be imposed until May, Molchan said he believes the judge will follow the above recommendation: “I think the judge will do this.” The judge has ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
In addition to the jail time and probation, Molchan said that Cobb will be required to participate in a substance-abuse program.
Cobb is a former assistant state attorney and a well-known private practitioner in Walton County courts.