For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: October 12, 2007

Former Kooskia City Councilman Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

(Boise) – James A. Cochran, a former member of the Kooskia City Council, was sentenced to prison today for sexual abuse of a minor, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

Second District Judge Jeff Brudie ordered Cochran to serve at least 5 years and up to 15 years in prison and pay $2,500 in restitution to the victim. Cochran must also register as a sex offender.

Cochran, 43, was arrested on April 24, 2006, on a charge of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16. On May 18, 2007, an Idaho County jury found him guilty of the lesser offense of sexual abuse of a minor.

The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit at the request of Idaho County Prosecuting Attorney Kirk MacGregor. Deputy Attorney General Justin Whatcott prosecuted the case.

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