Franklin Woman Accused of Choking, Assaulting Juvenile Waives Hearing

| November 30, 2018

GavelFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin woman accused of choking a juvenile victim during a domestic altercation on Thanksgiving Day waived her preliminary hearing this week.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 44-year-old Joann Marie Cochenour, of Franklin, were waived for court on Wednesday, November 28:

  • Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

The charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Unable to post $35,000.00 monetary bail, Cochenour remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on Thursday, November 22, Patrolman Floor, of the Franklin Police Department, was dispatched for a welfare check on a known juvenile.

According to the complaint, upon interviewing the juvenile victim, it was determined that a domestic altercation occurred between the victim and Joann Cochenour, and the victim called a family friend.

The complaint notes that the victim stated she was choked to the point that her body was going numb and she was becoming breathless.

It is alleged that Cochenour also threw the victim into a wall and continued to choke her, the complaint indicates.

According to the complaint, Patrolman Floor observed visible injuries to the victim’s neck which included red marks, as well as scratches to both the victim’s neck and hands.

Cochenour was arraigned at 11:55 a.m. on Thursday, November 22, in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office.


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