Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202


News Release

November 20, 2023 Contact: Matt Jablow, 720-913-9025

Aurora Man Sentenced to 48 years in Prison for Murder

Denver — Denver District Attorney Beth McCann today announced that Judge Nikea Bland has sentenced Eric Cobain to 48 years in prison.  On September 29, Cobain pleaded guilty to second degree murder with a domestic violence factual basis.

On May 28, 2021, Cobain shot and killed 41 year-old Melissa Wright in the 7100 block of East Lowry Boulevard in Denver.   Wright was a teacher in the Cherry Creek School District.  She and Cobain had previously been involved in a relationship.

“Melissa Wright’s death was a terrible tragedy that should remind us all that there is still much work to be done to address the issue of domestic violence.  I hope this sentence will provide some comfort to Melissa’s family,” said DA McCann.

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