Cochran gets life in prison for Regan murder

KELLY COCHRAN, LEFT, and her defense attorney, Michael Scholke, listen as jurors confirm their votes after finding her guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and four other charges in Iron County Trial Court. Cochran now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when she is sentenced May 10. (Nikki Younk/Daily News photo)

CRYSTAL FALLS — A former Caspian woman did receive the mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole in Iron County Trial Court this morning for the 2014 killing of Christopher Regan of Iron River.

While Kelly Marie Cochran will be booked into the Michigan prison system, Indiana authorities have indicated they do want to extradite her to stand trial for murder in the 2016 death of her husband, Jason Cochran. If convicted there, she could face the death penalty.

An Iron County jury in February found Cochran, 34, guilty of first-degree murder, plus conspiracy to commit dead bodies-disinterment and mutilation, concealing the death of an individual, larceny in a building and lying to a peace officer-violent crime investigation.

Cochran admitted to investigators in April 2016 she lured the 53-year-old Regan, a co-worker with whom she was having an affair, to her Caspian home Oct. 14, 2014, so Jason Cochran could fatally shoot him with a .22 rifle.

She then helped her husband dismember Regan’s body in the basement with a reciprocating saw and hide the remains off of Pentoga Trail in Crystal Falls Township, according to the April 2016 interview.

But Cochran testified at her trial that she lied in that interview because she felt guilty her affair led her husband to murder Regan. She maintained Jason Cochran acted alone in the murder and she only assisted him in concealing the death out of fear for her own life.

Investigators, with Cochran’s guidance, found Regan’s skull and eyeglasses in May 2016 — about a year and a half after his disappearance — in a wooded area off of Pentoga Trail.

For more on Cochran’s sentencing, see Thursday’s Daily News or check at www.ironmountaindailynews.com.


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