On Monday, after a deliberation that took only six minutes and twelve jury members, the Dallas County court finally manage to bring justice to the grieving Hastings family. Antonio Cochran, the 36-year-old man, who raped and slashed Zoe Hastings’ throat in 2015, was sentenced to life in prison, with permission to ask for parole after 30 years.
Zoe Hastings Was Returning a Movie When She Got Accosted
According to the court documents, on the 11th of October 2015, Zoe Hastings left home and headed to Walgreen in order to return a Redbox movie. However, after returning the movie, the teen went back into her car to meet the rest of the family at the local church, when she was kidnapped by 36-year-old Antonio Cochran.
Shortly after kidnapping Zoe Hastings, Cochran allegedly raped her, slashed her throat with a knife, and dumped the vehicle into the nearby woods. Hastings’ body will be discovered several days later. Upon searching the vehicle, the authorities discovered a bloody knife with Cochran’s DNA all over it.
The man was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder. Following the lengthy trial, the man has finally received his sentence on Monday, when a jury of twelve found him guilty as charged.
However, the court-appointed psychiatrists determined that Cochran is not mentally fit for execution. After a six-minute-long deliberation, the jury found him guilty, and a judge sentenced him to life in prison, with the possibility of conditional release after spending a minimum of 30 years behind bars.
Although at peace, Zoe Hastings’ family declared that the jury was much too lenient in Cochran’s case which should have received the capital punishment. In addition to his jail time, Cochran will also have to pay $10,000 in reparation to the family.
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