A robber who was shot by police outside a North Side bank last summer was sentenced today to 11 years in prison.
Davis W. Cochrane, 26, of Marcia Drive on the North Side, faces more time behind bars if convicted in a robbery case still pending in Mahoning County.
On the morning of Aug. 7, Cochrane was standing at a bus stop near the Fifth Third Bank, 1500 Morse Rd., Columbus police said. He confronted Rafael Hernandez, a Rent-A-Center employee, as he was entering the bank to make a business deposit.
In court today, Hernandez testified that Cochrane said, “Give me the money or I’ll shoot you.”
The robbery was witnessed by two Columbus police officers inside the bank. One was working special duty. The other, Sgt. Doug Williams, was off duty and cashing a check, police said.
The officers gave chase, and Williams shot Cochrane when he reached into his waistband, where police later discovered he had concealed a loaded .40-caliber handgun.
Cochrane pleaded guilty on Feb. 10 to aggravated robbery. The 11-year sentence imposed by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Guy Reece was recommended by both Assistant County Prosecutor Scott C. Kirschman and Public Defender Cathy M. Kurila.
Cochrane is awaiting trial in Mahoning County on charges that he robbed a woman outside an Austintown bank on Aug. 5, two days before he was shot in Columbus.
Kurila told Reece that Cochrane suffers from depression and suicidal thoughts and had developed a prescription-drug habit. But he also has the unwavering support of his family and friends, she said.
Cochrane, who disregarded his attorney’s advice to remain silent because of the pending Austintown case, told Reece that he was sorry and ready to accept his punishment.
“In a sense you’re fortunate today, because you could have easily been killed,” Reece told him. “And that’s a position you put yourself in.”
Cochrane pleaded guilty in 2011 to carrying a concealed weapon. His court supervision in that case ended about five months before he was shot.
Cochrane also was arrested in May 2006 after Pickerington police spotted two prowlers outside Pickerington Central High School.
Cochrane told police a few days later that no one had seen his accomplice, Curtis Dorsey, since that night. He said he and Dorsey, 21, had jumped in a nearby pond to elude officers.
With Cochrane’s guidance, a dive team eventually found Dorsey’s body in the pond.
By Theodore Decker - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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