DALLAS — A Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal rape and murder of a teenage girl he had abducted on her way to church.
It took a Dallas County jury just six minutes to sentence Antonio Cochran to life in prison for the 2015 murder of 18-year-old Zoe Hastings.
Authorities said Cochran, 37, snatched Hastings off the street as she stopped at a Walgreens to return a Redbox movie before heading to church. He then drove her to a river bed where he raped her and slashed her throat, prosecutors had said.
Hasting’s parents had called for Cochran to be sentenced to life without parole, but he will be eligible after serving 30 years. Prosecutors initially sought the death penalty, but relented after experts found that Cochran is intellectually disabled.
Her father told Cochran in court, “I hope you remember my face,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
Hastings’ parents went searching for her when she didn’t return home for dinner, but police were already at the scene when they arrived at the creek bed where Hastings’ body was found. A bloody pocket knife lay nearby.
Cochran has a lengthy rap sheet, including a 2014 arrest on charges he raped his ex-girlfriend’s 17-year-old daughter. He was later found not guilty.