DAYTON – John M. Cochran, 31, of Englewood was sentenced Wednesday to serve 15 years to life after being found guilty on three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of disrupting public services.
On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 the victim, 52-year-old Mark Gershon called 9-1-1 to report that he had been beaten by one of his roommates, who was later identified as Cochran. Police said Gershon barricaded himself in his Savina Avenue bedroom, but Cochran broke into the room and stabbed him repeatedly with a small sword. Another roommate tried to intervene and ended up with cuts on his hands. Cochran was also a caregiver for Gershon who was battling cancer.
Emergency responders arrived at the residence and found Gershon mortally wounded.
“The defendant was employed as a caregiver for this seriously ill victim. Instead of providing care, this defendant brutally attacked and killed him,” said Mat Heck, Jr., Montgomery County prosecutor.