Charges Filed for Death Threats Against County Attorney
A former North Carolina inmate is accused of threatening to kill Pine County Attorney John Carlson.
According to the criminal complaint, Robert Cochran, 43, sent Carlson a letter from his custody site in North Carolina in June 2008 that states, “when I get out of here I’ll come kill you. You see I have nothing left to (lose) and I just don’t care….I’ve already killed twice so one more won’t matter,” in reference to Carlson. The letter also alleges that Cochran committed a homicide in 1996 and then killed another person in addition to the ’96 murder.
Cochran was released from Swine County, but arrested on a Pine County warrant on February 23rd.
He remains in the Pine County Jail. Bail is set at $50,000.
Cochran is charged with one count of Terroristic Threats, a crime punishable up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Cochran is known by several aliases including Barry McBride, George Pandeles, and Charles Johnson.
A first letter sent to the Pine County Attorney’s Office in March of 2008 from Cochran states that he committed a homicide in the Twin Cities on the weekend after Labor Day in 1996.
Investigators from Pine County and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted an investigation at the time. They determined the defendants claims were without merit.
Cochran is due back in Pine County Court on March 26th.