Blount County commissioner found guilty of resisting arrest
ONEONTA (AP) — A judge found Blount County Commissioner David W. Cochran Sr. guilty of misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct involving an April 24 incident with a state trooper about a ticket issued to one of Cochranís employees.
Cochran was acquitted on two other misdemeanor charges — third-degree assault and obstructing government operations.
Calhoun County District Judge Laura Phillipsí verdict came Friday.
Phillips sentenced Cochran to 10 days in jail for each charge but suspended the sentence and gave him 24 months of unsupervised probation. Cochran also was ordered to pay court costs and $750 in fines, and he was ordered to complete an anger management program.
Cochranís attorney, Thomas Prickett, said the misdemeanor convictions do not affect Cochranís status as a commissioner. He hasnít decided whether to appeal.
Phillips was asked to preside over the trial in Oneonta after two Blount County judges recused themselves. The state attorney generalís office handled the prosecution.
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