Man gets 14 years for battering police officers and other charges

Zachary Cowger
Shawn McGrath
Staff Writer

A Marshall County judge sentenced a Plymouth man to 14 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in connection with a slew of cases – including battering a jail guard.
Marshall Superior Court I Judge Robert Bowen handed down that sentence to Zachary Cowger, 23, after Cowger pleaded Thursday as part of a plea agreement.
Cowger pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony, and intimidation and two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, which are all Level 5 felonies.
A Level 4 felony has a sentencing range of two to 12 years. A Level 5 felony is punishable by one to six years.
Cowger was sentenced to two years on the intimidation charge and one of the battery counts, according to the agreement. He was sentenced to four years for the second battery charge and six years for dealing meth.
All of the terms will be served consecutively.
“It is altogether fitting and appropriate Zachary Cowger was sentenced during National Police Week,” Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman said Friday, May 18. “A combined 14 year executed sentence for striking two law enforcement officers in two different incidents, and other offenses, confirms our office’s concern for the safety and well-being of all of our officers who have pledged to serve and protect us as we go about our everyday lives. Mr. Cowger, with his violent temper, must now be removed for a significant period of time from our peaceful community for his rehabilitation and our safety.”
Deputy Prosecutor Lynn Berndt handled the case for the prosecutor's office.
Read more about this in the May 19 edition of the Pilot News.