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Nine indicted by Taylor County Grand Jury

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Cochran indicted after leading police on three-day manhunt

By The Staff

 

Nine individuals were indicted by a Taylor County Grand Jury last week. Among those was 35-year-old Shawn A. Cochran. 

Cochran had two separate indictments that were released last Wednesday. In the first indictment, Cochran faces charges of theft of identity, giving an officer false identifying information, and a persistent felony offender charge. The theft of identity charge is a Class D Felony—punishable by one to five years—and the false identifying information charge is a Class B misdemeanor. 

On the second indictment, Cochran faces a second-degree escape charge, which is also a Class D Felony, as well as another persistent felony offender charge. Cochran’s bond was set at $25,000 full cash. He remained lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center as of press time. 

In October, Cochran led local and state law enforcement on a manhunt after escaping from the custody of a transportation officer on his way to the Taylor County Detention Center. 

He had previously been arrested after evading law enforcement in Green and Taylor counties where he faced charges of first-degree burglary, fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, reckless driving, third-degree burglary, and theft by unlawful taking of an automobile.

Cochran escaped from the custody of the transportation officer the evening of Monday, Oct. 16 and evaded law enforcement until he was arrested at the Lucky Vista Motel on Thursday, Oct. 19. at around 12:45 p.m., according to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. 

Cochran was arrested without incident, according to a TCSO report. 

 At the time of his arrest, law enforcement said that Cochran presented them with a stolen Kentucky identification card and gave officers a false name and address. 

In his September escape, Cochran had a brief standoff with Green County Sheriff’s Deputies and Kentucky State Police in the Taylor’s Chapel area. He fled on foot and later stole a church van. He was captured after he wrecked that church van, according to law enforcement. 

Others indicted include the following individuals: 

• Logan Atwood, 20, of Savannah Way in Liberty, on three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor, second degree. Those charges are classified as a Class D Felony. Bond was set at $1,500 full cash and he is to have no contact with the victim. 

• John Barry Rucker, 40, of Campbellsville, on one count of possession of methamphetamine (second offense) and one count of public intoxication of a controlled substance excluding alcohol. The possession charge is a Class D Felony and the public intoxication charge is a Class B Misdemeanor. Bond was set at $1,200 cash. 

• William Wilson, 32, of Barney School Road in Campbellsville, on charges of possession of methamphetamine, third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property under $10,000, theft by unlawful taking more than $500, tampering with physical evidence, and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance. Bond was set at $2,000 full cash. He is to have no contact with the complaining witnesses, no use of drugs or alcohol, and no new violations of the law. 

• Brandon K. Blair, 28, of Chestnut Ridge Road in Greensburg, on charges of receiving stolen property $10,000 or more and persistent felony offender. Bond was set at $10,000 cash. He is to have no contact with the victim. 

• William Underwood, 43, of Aetna Grove Church Road in Summersville, on charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and violations of KRS 150. Bond was set at $2,500 full cash. He is to have no use of drugs or alcohol and no violations of the law. 

Underwood was also indicted on two separate charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Those are Class C and Class D felonies, respectively. 

• Jerica N. Bishop, 27, of Birdie Lane in Campbellsville, on five counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument second degree, and two counts of theft by unlawful taking under $500. Bond was set at $7,000 cash. She is to have no contact with the victim. 

• James Gribbins, 48, of Roland Street in Campbellsville, on five counts of third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property under $10,000, nine counts of receiving stolen property under $500, and theft by unlawful taking under $500. Bond was set at $2,000 full cash. He is to have no use of drugs or alcohol, no contact with complaining witness, and no violations of the law. 

• Dawn Jones, 48, of Lighthouse Road in Campbellsville, on five counts of third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property under $10,000, nine counts of receiving stolen property under $500, and theft by unlawful taking under $500. Bond was set at $2,000 full cash. He is to have no use of drugs or alcohol, no contact with complaining witness, and no violations of the law.