GREENVILLE - Julie A. Cockrell was given another chance by Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan Hein Friday morning. The 47-year-old New Madison resident will be evaluated for acceptance into the MonDay Program and not be sent back to prison.
Cockrell appeared for sentencing after she pleaded guilty as charged in November 2013 to one count of Trafficking in Drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the third degree. She has remained incarcerated on a $25,000 in the Darke County jail since her arrest in November.
She recently served an eight month sentence stemming from a 2012 robbery in which Cockrell allegedly bit a 73-year-old acquaintance in the process of stealing $110 from his wallet.
“The defendant has what appears to be an extensive prior criminal history in addition to drug use,” Darke County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Deborah S. Quigley stated during Friday’s sentencing. “The state believes a MonDay Program evaluation in addition to a community control sanction would benefit the defendant in making better choices in the future.”
“After looking over the pre-sentence investigation, it has struck me as to what a sad story is has been for miss Cockrell’s life,” stated Cockrell’s defense attorney David A. Rohrer. “She started doing drugs at a young age and has used most all the harder type drugs that the court has seen.”
“Obviously the penitentiary didn’t do her any good, so it would be nice to see if she can get some help with her drug problem,” Rohrer added. “It’s a sad history of looking back on what drugs can do to ones live.”
Jeremy A. Cheyne, 25, who is Cockrell’s son was sent to prison Monday for 18 months after violating probation from a case involving burglary-related offenses.
“I apologize to society for my behavior,” Cockrell addressed the court. “I hope the MonDay Program will help me to make better decisions.”
“Every time you go through the system you just take up resources and are a weight on the world, which is sad,” Judge Hein told Cockrell before imposing sentence. “You could be doing something positive, but you instead just take. It is a horrible mentality, but your whole life you’ve been hooked on drugs.”
“You are 67 by appearance, but only 47 by age. It has been a hard life for you, because of your own choices. We will try the MonDay Program and see if it sticks,” Judge Hein added.
In addition to treatment, Cockrell will be placed on community control sanction for up to 60 months, serve 100 hours of community service and 120 days in jail with 86 days credit. The jail time will be suspended if she is accepted into the MonDay Program. She faces 18 months in prison if she violates the terms of sentencing.