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DOC inmate out on supervision now accused of murder

Suspect, like Evan Ebel, monitored with ankle bracelet

DOC inmate out on supervision now accused of murder

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado inmate who was out of prison, but still on intensive supervision is now accused of first-degree murder.

Brandon Chad Cockrell, 33, was arrested Saturday accused of killing 19-year-old Ishmal Mitchell. Police said Mitchell was shot multiple times around 8:30 Friday night in the 2200 block of N. Cheyenne Canyon Road near Helen Hunt Falls.

TARGET 13 discovered that Cockrell was supposed to be wearing an ankle monitor and checking in daily with a corrections officer, a striking similarity to murderer Evan Ebel, the parolee on intensive supervision who cut off his ankle monitor and killed Department of Corrections Chief Tom Clements and Nate Leon of Denver. Ebel's parole officer didn't check on him for days after he tampered with the ankle monitor and the case led to the firing of Colorado Parole Chief Tim Hand.

The DOC told TARGET 13 Monday that it does not appear there was an issue with Cockrell's ankle monitor and that records indicate he was compliant with the conditions of his supervision up until he was arrested Saturday. The DOC is continuing to check records and said it will release more Tuesday.

Cockrell was sentenced to eight years in prison for drugs and weapon charges, but served just over three years before getting out from behind bars in 2012.

"He was a model inmate in prison, that's the only way to describe him," said DOC spokesperson Alison Morgan.

Morgan said Cockrell was eligible for early release because his crimes were non-violent and that he was on good behavior, even earning time by participating in the 'Swift Fire' program where inmates train as firefighters and help battle wildfires. Morgan said only "the best inmates who are program compliant" are able to participate in Swift Fire.

Morgan said Cockrell continued to progress in a halfway house which is why the decision was made for him to live on his own under intensive supervision. He was still considered in inmate and not yet on parole.

This isn't the first time Cockrell has been accused of murder. In 2007, he was charged with killing a man in Denver, but acquitted of the charges, according to the spokesperson for the Denver District Attorney's Office. Cockrell went on to serve time for a home invasion in Gunnison County.

Cockrell was advised Monday afternoon and is being held without bond. His public defender said he had no comment.

TARGET 13 will continue to investigate and keep you updated with new developments.

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