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Cotrell gets three life sentences

Friday, May 29, 2009

NOBLESVILLE (AP) -- A Parke County man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife and two stepdaughters has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole.

During Friday's sentencing, Hamilton Superior Court Judge William J. Hughes called Chad Cottrell "the worst of the worst" as the relatives of his victims wept in court.

Cottrell had sought to be put to death for the killings, but his defense team asked the judge not to impose the death penalty, saying their client has a mental disorder.

Cottrell pleaded guilty in March to killing 29-year-old Trisha Cottrell, 12-year-old Brittany Williams and 10-year-old Victoria Williams at the family's rural Rockville home in 2005.

Prosecutors said Cottrell killed the girls while he was molesting or trying to molest them.


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I hope he rots!

-- Posted by sassypants on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 1:52 PM

Me too I DESPISE Child Molesters!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 1:58 PM

IF he wants the death penalty, then why not give it to him? He didn't give show those little girls any mercy when he molested, then killed them.

-- Posted by sjl on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 2:14 PM

I think they were too easy on him, he should have gotten the death penalty.

-- Posted by jessdixon on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 2:35 PM

Great, now we the taxpayers, get the priviledge of feeding, housing, clothing, and medical care for the rest of his miserable life. We will need another stimulus for that.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 4:50 PM

Wow, what a great prosecution, if you live in Parke county you should be proud of your elected prosecutor they let the man that murdered and abused a Mother and her two children take the easy way out with a life sentence. The sad part is that its all about the cost of prosecuting a deaht penalty case. Oh and Judge Hughes should be praised for his strong sentencing and his tough words, the only thing that should have come out of his mouth is Chad Cottrell I herby sentence you to death................

-- Posted by SimpleIsBetter on Fri, May 29, 2009, at 8:56 PM

It's cheaper on taxpayers for judges to sentence convicted criminals to life rather than give out the death sentence. Plus the fact that this person has time to think about what he has done and how he will be judged by the Judge of all judges, Jesus Christ.

If a person is sentenced to death in Indiana (and probably any other state), then a process must be gone through. Appeal upon appeal must be done. You just can't say "execute the guy".If it was that simple it would be cheaper. But our courts say there must be appeals. These end up lasting about ten years and that many millions of dollars, too.

Let him spend his life in prison. Have you heard what happens to a lot of child molesters in prisons? Google "child molesters killed in prison" and you'll get 182,000 articles on that subject. I do not agree with the death penalty in any way, shape or form, but I do believe in justice.

(Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay", says the Lord. ROMANS 12:19)

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 1:25 PM

Great points Thoughtful!!! Thanks so much for your great post.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 3:18 PM

Perhaps, Rick Zaikovsky and wife Trish along with the Williams family are able to find some peace at last. these families have been in a living hell starting in october 2005. wishing them all the best.

-- Posted by checkmate on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 4:16 PM

Steve Cvengross did a great job on his case, and I thank him for all he did. It's a shame when you have a death penalty case and the defense gets to call all the shots. That's just the law. These kinds of monsters like Cottrell have all the protection. If you're going to blame anyone, for the sentensing, blame Judge Hughes. It was his final decision.

If you really think about it, think about the life Cottrell now faces of torture everyday from the other inmates. There is such a thing as Karma.

Maybe Judge Hughes really gave Cottrell a death sentence after all?

-- Posted by sammi_1 on Sat, May 30, 2009, at 5:19 PM

I work with a friend of the Cottrell family and I get so tired of hearing the excuses for poor Chad.the man is a horrible criminal.The blame is on the drugs he was using and the supposed abuse he sustained as a child.Give us a break you killed 3 people and you should rot in hell.

-- Posted by millie09 on Sun, May 31, 2009, at 6:43 AM

He asked to be executed, and in this case, it's too bad he didn't get his wish. There is no use of warehousing a worthless product and I can't think of anything more worthless than Cotrell.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Wed, Jun 3, 2009, at 12:06 AM


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