Atascadero man gets 26 years for homophobic murder

April 11, 2012

Kenneth Leroy Cockrell

An Atascadero man who murdered his 66-year-old wife for allegedly accepting a gay relative was sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison on Tuesday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. [Tribune]

Police arrested Kenneth Leroy Cockrell, 60, on Easter Sunday 2008 on suspicion of beating to death his third wife, “Peggy” Cockrell, at their home in the 9000 block of La Linia Avenue. Cockrell had gone to the police station, said he killed her, and drew the police a map of his home.

Cockrell pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Officers testified that Cockrell said he was trying to prevent “the spirit of sodomy” from coming into his family and that voices told him to sacrifice his wife of 20 years.

According to testimony, Cockrell told District Attorney’s Office investigator Mark Vallely that he committed the murder to “cure” the gay relative.

“So by sacrificing your wife, her blood is going to cure him?” Vallely asked, according to a report.

“That’s the hope,” Cockrell replied.

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I’m thinking that if you are anti sodomy, prison may not be the best place to be around like minded people….


Oooops! Oh well, he’ll have a learning experience in prison, and it will certainly justify his beliefs that he was right in the end! (no pun intended)

I hope he succeeded in converting that homosexual relative to heterosexuality and keeping spirit of sodomy from coming into his family by beating wife into a bloody corpse.


Unfortunately, Kenneth Leroy Cockrell’s thinking that the “spirit” of sodomy was wrong, is biblically based. Therefore, we can only assume that he was a Christian.

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely BE PUT TO DEATH, their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)

To the insane of Christianity, like Kenneth Leroy Cockrell represents, they can get their authority to kill in the name of the gay community, or to literally kill the gay community outright, by not only reading the passage above, but by also reading the New Testament passage of Romans 1:26-27, 32 as well.

The irony is, that if the Christian actually followed ALL of the Judeo-Christian bible as commanded by the Hebrew/Christian God, there wouldn’t be enough prisons to contain them subsequent to their convictions.

OMG. I cannot imagine what heII it was for his wife to have to live with such an intolerant bigot.

Only 26 years for murder? God help us all if this guy gets back on our streets.

From the looks of this nut job I don’t think he’ll be around that long.


Actually, 30 years to life, counting the 4 years in prison awaiting a conviction.

It helps to be INSANE when you take the life of another, doesn’t it? I am surprised that he didn’t use the religious card, because that would have been an interesting defense.

I am not a psychiatrist but he sounds crazy to me.

Oh, get over it !

He’s just your average Republican !

Maybe this is the next step if they can’t ‘pray the gay away’ or ‘deprogram’ them?