Man guilty of stabbing roommate with sword sentenced to 15 years to life in prison

John Cochran in court (WDTN Photo/Jake Ryle)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  An Englewood man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Wednesday.

John Cocran, 31, was convicted last week of killing his roommate in 2014. A jury found him guilty of murder and felonious assault. The jury reached a verdict after about three hours of deliberations.

“I know what I did was wrong. I know what I did was a terrible crime, and I deserve to be punished,” stated Cochran in court. “I’m sorry, deeply sorry for the events that took place. I ask mercy on this court because it is my first time being in trouble like this and I have had a good record up until now.”

Cochran stabbed his roommate Mark Gershon, 25, to death in May 2014 following an argument. Police said Gershon barricaded himself in his Savina Avenue bedroom, but Cochran broke into the room and stabbed him repeatedly. Another roommate tried to step in and ended up with cuts on his hands.

Prosecutors said they are satisfied with the sentencing.

“It’s the appropriate sentence for the crimes which he was convicted. So we’re satisfied and we’re pleased that the jury came back with the verdicts that they did,” said Robert Deschler, Assistant Prosecutor for Montgomery County. “Even if you believe that he was insane at the time that he knew the wrongfulness of his behavior. It was very clear.”

The case was Englewood’s first homicide in seven years.

Cochran must serve 15 years before he’s eligible for parole. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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