A Jarrettsville man was sentenced to 80 years in prison last week for his role in the sexual abuse of a child.
Jeremy Shane Cochran, 32, of the 4100 block of Federal Hill Road, was found guilty in December by a Harford County Circuit Court jury of three counts involving the sexual abuse of a minor girl, according to court records.
The jury found Cochran guilty of sexual abuse of a minor - continuing course of conduct, sexual abuse of a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual abuse of a minor, according to the case file.
On Wednesday, Harford Circuit Judge Stephen Waldron sentenced Cochran to 30 years on the continuing course of conduct charge and 25 years for each of the other two charges, a total of 80 years to be served consecutively. Cochran had been held in jail without bail since his arrest.
"This is the harshest sentence I've seen in the 12 years I've been here," said Harford Deputy State's Attorney Diana Adkins Tobin, who prosecuted Cochran and who formerly headed the Harford Child Advocacy Center that investigates and prosecutes crimes against children.
When Cochran and an another person were arrested and charged with multiple counts of child sexual abuse and rape in February 2012, prosecutors said Cochran had previously been indicted in relation to the same charges in 2008; however, the earlier indictment had been dismissed, court records showed.
A prosecutor said during a bail review hearing for Cochran last year that the sex abuse charges stemmed from 2006 when the victim was 6 years old. The court was told the victim had since undergone counseling. The prosecutor also said Cochran was the principal abuser.
The girl's father gave an impact statement at the sentencing hearing, where he told the court that Cochran "robbed his daughter of her innocence and her childhood that can never be given back to her," according to a news release about the sentence from the Harford County Sheriff's Office, State's Attorney's Office and Child Advocacy Center. The release also said the abuse began when the girl was 5 years old.
The father told the court he worries every day about her future and what the rest of her life will be like, according to the statement.
Tobin said she asked that the court impose the maximum sentence for each count because of the horrific nature of the abuse and the fact that the girl resided in the same house as Cochran and "had no alternative but to go back to that home every day to be abused by Cochran." In addition to the prison term, Cochran will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life if he is ever released from prison.
Tobin said Friday the other defendant in the case, Angeline Kaye Feazelle, 31, whose most recent address in court records is in North East, was found guilty of similar charges by a jury on Jan. 28.
According to court records, Feazelle was found guilty of one count of sex abuse of a minor – continuing course of conduct, two counts of sex abuse of a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sex abuse of a minor. At the time she and Cochran were arrested, prosecutors said they were living at the same Jarrettsville address.
Sentencing for Feazelle, which will also be before Waldron, is scheduled for April 24 at 9 a.m. in Harford County Circuit Court, according to court records. Feazelle is in jail without bail, according to the court file in her case.
The case was investigated by the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, Trooper Michelle Workman of the Maryland State Police, the Harford County Sheriff's Office and the Harford County Department of Social Services.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun