Air Force veteran Christopher Regan vanished without a trace from his home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in October 2014, and one of his key suspects, Jason Cochran, passed away less than a year and a half later. The men were killed in different ways, but as was revealed in ID’s “Dead North” and ABC’s “20/20: Where Monsters Hide,” the latter’s wife, Kelly Marie Cochran, was involved in both. Now that you know more about her, her motivations, her current situation, and any additional accusations made against her, we can answer any questions you may have.
Who is Kelly Cochran?
Kelly Marie Cochran was born on June 5, 1982, and grew up with Jason Cochran in Merrillville, Indiana, an hour’s drive from Chicago. They grew in love over time, and in 2002, not long after they received their high school diplomas, they decided to get married to begin a new chapter in their lives. They managed to get along despite having very different personalities—he kept to himself while she was rather outspoken—because they were always on the same page. In reality, the couple agreed on their wedding night to kill their partner if the other ever committed adultery.
Kelly and Jason relocated to Michigan in 2013, but she allegedly turned to affairs, including one with Christopher Regan, as their marriage began to fall apart. The pair eventually left California once things started to go south, but not before allegedly serving ground-up human remains, probably Chris’, in the form of hamburgers at a BBQ. Then, on February 20, 2016, Kelly killed her husband on purpose before slipping under the police’s radar after spending a few months cooperating with them. On April 28, police in Kentucky arrested her.
Where is Kelly Cochran Now?
Shortly after her arrest, Kelly Cochran told the whole story, covering everything from her and Jason’s deeds to the location of Chris’ dismembered remains to her motivation for killing her husband. She had actually begun to fall in love with her boyfriend, and she was furious that her husband had taken away “the only good thing I had in my life.” I still despise him, and yes, it was revenge, Kelly told the cops. I made the score equal.
She may be a serial murderer with at least nine further victims, according to other allegations, some of which come from her own family members, but no additional criminal charges have ever been brought against her. As a result, Kelly was found guilty of five counts stemming from the murder of Chris Regan at the beginning of 2017, and sometime around April 2018, she entered a plea of guilty to the murder of Jason Cochran.
As a result, in addition to serving up to 65 years in prison for the 2016 homicide, she was also sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, 6–10 years for conspiring to mutilate a dead corpse, 3-5 years for obscuring a person’s death, and 2.5–4 years for lying to a peace officer. Since then, Kelly has attempted to appeal her conviction in Chris’ case, but both the District and Supreme Courts have rejected her appeal. She is therefore currently detained at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Pittsfield Charter Township, Michigan, at the age of 41.
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