The second person found guilty in connection with the sexual abuse of a young girl received an equally harsh sentence in Harford County Circuit Court Wednesday to match the one given last month to the other defendant in the case.
Angeline Kaye Feazelle was sentenced by Circuit Judge Stephen Waldron to a total of 80 years in prison, to be served consecutively. Feazelle, 31, of North East, was convicted by a jury on Jan. 28 of sex abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct and two counts of sex abuse of a minor. Waldron sentenced her to 30 years on the continuing conduct charge and to 25 years on each of the sex abuse of a minor charges.
Feazelle has been jailed without bail at the Harford County Detention Center for most of the time since her initial arrest on these charges in February 2012 and, as of sentencing, had served 321 days, according to court records.
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 sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct, sexual abuse of a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual abuse of a minor, according to the case file.
Feazelle and Cochran lived together with the victim at Cochran's house in Jarrettsville, where the abuse occurred, according to their court files. The prosecutor in the case said the abuse started when the victim was 5 years old.
Last month, 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 also had been held in jail without bail since his arrest in early 2012.
The sentences are believed to be among the harshest ever meted out in Harford County for crimes that did not involve homicide. Feazelle and Cochran got what they deserved, according to Deputy State's Attorney Diane Adkins Tobin, who prosecuted both of them.
Cochran was the abuser, but Feazelle was a willing participant, Tobin said. The Aegis has chosen not to disclose the relationship between the victim and her abusers in order to protect her identity.
"This is probably one of the most horrific cases of child sex abuse I have ever prosecuted," said Tobin, who has been with the state's attorney's office since 2002.
"This abuse was ongoing and the victim was so young and she was trapped," Tobin continued. "It was so horrible, and she was impacted so much. Her childhood was taken away from her, and she will have to deal with it afterward for a long time. It was just a terrible breach of trust."
Tobin called the sentence for both abusers "appropriate and reasonable."
"This girl's life was taken away from her; there's no reason either of them should be free," she said.
She also said Cochran had committed "really horrible sex acts" on the victim, while Feazelle had failed to stop it.
"It's hard for to choose which one of them was the worst," she added.
Cochran and Feazelle were originally arrested and charged in 2008; however, those charges were dropped after Tobin and others prosecuting the pair were advised the victim was "not in a position emotionally to testify," Tobin explained, adding: "I just knew both cases would go to trial," and thus the victim's testimony would be necessary.
At that time, the victim was removed from the Jarrettsville home and went to live with a family member outside of Harford County. The charges were refiled last year after the victim had time "to heal a little," Tobin said. According to the case files, the victim had received counseling during the period.
The victim, who is almost 10, according to Tobin, had not seen either Feazelle or Cochran for almost five years when she testified against both at both their trials.
"She was very brave; she wanted to face in court what they had done," Tobin said, noting there was DNA evidence in addition to the victim's testimony. "She is a very brave child."