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Poacher ordered to pay $15,500 restitution for animals he killed

A serial big-game poacher responsible for killing more than two dozen deer and elk was ordered by a judge today to pay the state more than $15,000 for the animals he killed in the what is the highest restitution ever levied in a Southern Oregon wildlife case.

Charles Douglas Cochran, of Eagle Point, was also ordered to spend 60 days in jail and had his hunting privileges revoked for life as part of a suite of charges folded into a plea agreement entered today in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Included in the cases were aggravated theft and burglary charges stemming from the theft of more than $10,000 worth of electronics from Eagle Point High School in December as well as drug, felony theft and other charges racked up since his initial wildlife arrest two years ago, court records show.

Cochran was ordered to pay the $15,000 in restitution for the poached animals plus $500 to the state's Turn In Poachers tipline and serve three years' probation.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Crain also ordered the forfeiture of all the rifles and other weapons seized from his Eagle Point residence in February 2102 and in subsequent run-ins with Oregon State Police as recently as last month.

Of the 13 charges to which he pleaded guilty, the most serious were aggravated first-degree theft and second-degree burglary from the school break-in and theft. He also admitted to fleeing that scene in a stolen car.

Crain gave prosecutors 90 days to pencil out their restitution requests for the non-wildlife cases.

Cochran's latest case occurred Jan. 17 when he was caught spot-lighting a deer with his vehicle lights.

— Mark Freeman

For a complete account of the sentencing, check Thursday's Mail Tribune print and online editions.