Convicted U.P. killer gets another sentence for husband’s death


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Kelly Cochran has been sentenced to 65 years in prison in Indiana in the 2016 death of her 37-year-old husband.  Last month, she pleaded guilty to killing Jason Thad Cochran, her husband of 13 years.  The plea was part of a deal with the Lake County, Indiana Prosecutor’s Office to seek neither a life sentence nor the death penalty in the case.

She was convicted in February, 2017 in Iron County Trial Court in the Upper Peninsula of the 2014 murder of 53-year-old Christopher Karl Regan and sentenced to life in prison. 

Links to the original television documentary Sex, Lies and Murder: The Cochran Case, on the case produced by Local 3 News are below.

Cochran reportedly smothered Jason at their Hobart, Indiana home as revenge for Regan’s murder.  

Jason and Kelly Cochran, originally from Indiana, had lived in the U.P. only a short time when Kelly met Chris Regan at work. According to court testimony from her trial, the Cochrans had a ‘marriage pact’ that required the death of anyone with whom either of them had an affair.

Kelly admitted that she lured Regan to the couple’s home, where they shot and dismembered him, then scattered his remains in the woods of Iron County.

Investigators believe she – and Jason – may have been involved in other crimes.

Jeremy Ogden is retired from the Hobart Police Department. He worked closely with former Iron River Police Chief Laura Frizzo on solving the murder of Christopher Regan and also investigated the death of Jason Cochran.

Ogden recently told Local 3 News, “I think Kelly has been given plenty of time by the court system and I hope that she uses it wisely and will bring all the people closure that deserve it.”

He added, “I think it’s important she accepted responsibility. Nothing can ever bring Jason back to the Cochran family. However, this will give them some level of closure.”

The team from Local 3 that produced that May 2017 half hour special on alleged serial killer Kelly Cochran provided assistance to Investigation Discovery on the upcoming two-night special based around the 2014 murder of Christopher Regan in Iron County. 

The ID special, “Dead North,” will air on May 28 and 29.

Sex, Lies and Murder: The Cochran Case, the program produced by Local 3 News, received a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Excellence Award. Links to the segments of the program are below:

Who was Chris Regan?

The Search: Part 1

The Search: Part 2

The Skull

Kelly’s arrest and trial

The verdict and finding closure

You can check out the Discovery ID trailer on Kelly Cochran by clicking here.

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