Criminal Skips Town After Judge Lets Her Out of Jail for an Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 8, 2013   |   2:46PM   |   Fredericksburg, VA

Kristy Lechelle Cokley, 28, is on the lam after using a unique method to be granted a release from jail.

Cokley was convicted of four felony counts of forgery in 2010 and sentenced to 12 years in prison, but had all but 10 months of the sentence suspended. Out on bond, she was re-arrested on additional theft charges.

“During the bond hearing, defense attorney Jason Pelt initially asked for his client’s release so she could help her mother take care of Cokley’s three children. When that request was denied, Pelt asked that Cokley be released long enough to get an abortion,” one report says. “Judge J. Howe Brown denied the request that day, but left the door open for the request to be reconsidered when more specifics were provided.”

“Another bond hearing was held Sept. 26, and this time another judge allowed Cokley out so she could get the procedure. Cokley was supposed to return to circuit court on Oct. 3, but hasn’t turned up,” the report added.

Cokley also known as Kristy L. Eura, never showed up and is now listed as a fugitive and has been charged with four probation violations by the Caroline County Circuit Court. Thereis no further word on whether she is actually pregnant or had an abortion.

For more on this interesting story:

A story about Cokley appeared in Thursday’s Free Lance–Star after the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office requested the public’s help in locating her after she skipped bond there.



That article was shown to Caroline Circuit Judge Patricia Kelly as evidence of Cokley’s fugitive status.

According to evidence presented at a September bond hearing in Stafford Circuit Court, Cokley was already out on bond for drug- and firearms-related charges in Spotsylvania when she was arrested in Stafford Aug. 29 on allegations that she and another woman stole $556 worth of clothes from a store in North Stafford.

Prosecutor George Elsasser said Cokley told police that her children needed clothes for school.