California Valley woman convicted in 2012 killing goes back to jail

Gina Loret Mayborn, 55, of California Valley was arrested Sunday, July 8, 2012, on suspicion of murder. Original story »
Gina Loret Mayborn, 55, of California Valley was arrested Sunday, July 8, 2012, on suspicion of murder. Original story »

A California Valley woman previously sentenced to a year in jail for killing a man is back in jail after violating the terms of her probation.

However, Gina Loret Mayborn, 57, avoided a much lengthier prison term Wednesday on the condition that she refrain from drug use and get treatment.

“Clearly she has drug and alcohol issues,” said her attorney, Robert Andrade. But, he added, Mayborn had not committed any violence since her release from jail earlier this year.

Seventeen months ago, Mayborn was a murder suspect — facing a possible life sentence — for the July 2012 shooting death of Joseph Cochran, 49. Mayborn said she shot Cochran with a 20-gauge shotgun after he threatened her husband, Douglas Chadwick, with a shovel.

Chadwick was Cochran’s stepfather. At the time, Mayborn and Chadwick had been together roughly five years.

Mayborn pleaded no contest in October 2012 to involuntary manslaughter and was given a one-year jail sentence and five years of probation. While her probation required she avoid drugs, she has since tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine use.

Deputy District Attorney Sandra Mitchell, describing Mayborn’s probation record as “terrible,” requested Mayborn be sentenced to seven years in prison for violating probation. But Mayborn pleaded with Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy to give her another chance.

“I don’t want to go back to jail,” she said, pledging to continue drug counseling, which she entered after her violation became known. “I want to continue bettering myself.”

At one point, Mayborn referred to her offense as “my murder,” then added, “supposedly — it was self-defense.”

Mayborn, who told sheriff’s deputies she had one beer before the shooting and three afterward, told Duffy she plans to refrain from drugs and alcohol.

“I won’t violate at all,” she continued. “Ever. Period.”

Duffy warned Mayborn that she could have been sent to prison for several years but offered her a final chance by reinstating her probation. She’ll first have to serve a 180-day jail sentence.

After she was handcuffed and ordered to sit with the other in-custody defendants, Mayborn sobbed as she watched her husband leave the courtroom.