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Man Sentenced in Accidental Shooting Death of Covington Woman

A man was sentenced to five years in prison for the accidental shooting death of a Covington woman last year.

Marquil Brooks, 23, pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter. On August 14, 2017, Brooks was playing with a loaded gun after smoking marijuana. The gun fired, wounding and killing Kelly Cocagne, 38.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said the shooting was not intentional but accountability was necessary.

"Gun ownership comes with a legal responsibility to handle guns safely," said Sanders. "Mr. Brooks admitted to pulling the trigger while joking around but said he never meant to shoot Ms. Cocagne, apparently not realizing or not remembering the gun was loaded."

Cocagne's son was in the home on Holman Avenue when the shooting happened. The boy confirmed that there had been no argument or dispute between Brooks and Cocagne prior to the shooting.

"It is definitely a tragic case," said Sanders. "It is tragic a young mother lost her life and it is sad a young man who loved her is going to prison for killing her, but there must be accountability."

-Staff report

Photo: Marquis Brooks (via Kenton Co. Detention Center)