Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Thursday, 12 July 2007 20:23
Johnson County native Steven Douglas Cochran pled guilty
this week to the murder of Leona Blythe “Lee” Schilling, a West Jefferson woman
murdered in 2005.
The plea resulted in his being sentenced to at least 22 years
in prison. Cochran, a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, lost his job in
2005. In late August of that year, he is believed to have stolen a 2000 Honda
Accord in Johnston County.
Schilling, 73, was a seasonal resident of the
campground at Greenfield who called Florida her permanent residence. On August
30, 2005, Cochran is believed to have entered Schilling’s home, stolen her
credit cards, and, at some point between Tuesday evening and the next morning,
strangled her. Her body was found on August 31.