The mother of a Lake Ozark child who was pulled from his home at gunpoint and driven through three states entered a guilty plea to two felony charges in New Mexico. Elizabeth Denman, 41, will serve one year in prison and faces 10.5 years in suspended sentencing.


The mother of a Lake Ozark child who was pulled from his home at gunpoint and driven through three states entered a guilty plea to two felony charges in New Mexico. Elizabeth Denman, 41, will serve one year in prison and faces 10.5 years in suspended sentencing.

In early July, 2010 Denman and her boyfriend Mark Cochran, 40, took Denman’s son Devon from his father’s home in Lake Ozark. Local law enforcement agents began searching for the boy and the two adults suspected of abducting him immediately.

The couple turned up on July 12 in western New Mexico when they became involved in a high-speed chase on Interstate-40. The New Mexico State Police reported gunshots were fired from the vehicle as they tried to stop it. Troopers used stop sticks to blow out the car’s tires, which brought the chase to a halt. Denman and Cochran escaped on foot and ran into the New Mexico high desert as officers checked the vehicle. They were surprised to find Devon alone in the back seat.

Police in Phoenix, Arizona found Denman and Cochran and arrested them a day later.

Denman pled guilty to attempted murder and to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon upon a police officer. She was sentenced to 10 years  in prison for the attempted murder charge and 18 months for the other felony plea. She will only serve 365 days in prison because Judge Grant Foutz ordered that the remaining 10 and 1/2 years be suspended. Gallup District Court records show Denman will also be credited for serving 251 days in jail from the time between her arrest and change of plea. The calculation gives Denman a release date of approximately July 20, 2011. She faces parole and supervised probation as part of her sentence.

About 20 other felony charges have been dropped by the prosecuting attorney in Denman’s case. Kidnapping, aggravated assault, abandonment of a child, fleeing a law enforcement officer, conspiracy to commit a crime, and a criminal property damage charges were all dropped.

Cochran still faces 23 felony charges for his role in Devon Denman’s alleged abduction. He is scheduled to appear in the Gallup District Court on Monday for presentment.

Devon Denman was reunited with his father shortly after he was found in New Mexico. The father and son live in the Lake Ozark area