The Times West Virginian

February 28, 2014

Couple facing burglary, grand larceny charges

By Richard Babich
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — An area couple is facing burglary and grand larceny charges.

Jonathan Wayne Cochran, 31, and Maggie Lee Cochran, 29, of Metz, were arrested Feb. 27 and share the charges of conspiracy to commit nighttime burglary and conspiracy to commit grand larceny.

In addition, Jonathan Cochran was charged with receiving or transferring stolen goods. Maggie Cochran was also charged with nighttime burglary and grand larceny.

According to the criminal complaint, the Cochrans allegedly walked to the house next to their home. Maggie Cochran then allegedly broke a rear window of the home, went into the home, stole a variety of items and went back to the Cochrans’ residence.

The home the couple allegedly broke into belongs to the father of Maggie Cochran.

Among the stolen items were three pistols, ammunition, a computer case, cellphones, cash and other items totaling more than $1,000. According to the criminal complaint, Jonathan Cochran later left his residence with two of the stolen firearms and drove to his mother’s house.

When law enforcement officials arrived at the scene of the break-in, bootprints could be tracked from the broken window of the home to the Cochrans’ residence. Maggie Cochran was interviewed and stated that she did not participate in any illegal activity but her husband was out of their home during the time of the incident.

Jonathan Cochran was arrested on unrelated warrants at his mother’s home. He admitted that his boots did match the bootprints found at the scene of the crime. He assisted in the search for the two stolen firearms and admitted he had placed them in his mother’s oven.

The criminal complaint states that Jonathan Cochran also gave a detailed description of where the rest of the items were hidden by Maggie Cochran.

More stolen items were recovered from the Cochran residence after a search warrant was executed. According to the criminal complaint, Maggie Cochran admitted her shoes matched the shoe prints at the scene of the break-in and that she was the individual who broke into the home.

If convicted, Jonathan Cochran faces two to 10 years in prison or up to a $10,000 fine, or both.

Maggie Cochran was also charged with two misdemeanors: destruction of property and providing false information to the West Virginia State Police. If convicted of all her charges, she faces three to 28 years in prison or a fine of $25 to $23,200, or both.

• Kenneth Lee Mason, 49, of Farmington, was arrested Feb. 26 and charged for delivery of crack cocaine.

According to the criminal complaint, Mason sold $60 worth of crack cocaine to an informant using marked money.

If convicted, Mason faces one to 15 years in prison or up to $25,000 in fines, or both.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.