Bryan Kocis, owner of Cobra Video for whom Brent Corrigan worked while underage, was found dead at his home Jan. 24, 2007. His throat had been slashed and he had been stabbed 28 times. The killers set his home on fire to hide the murder.Corrigan was one of several people to be questioned. His attorney, John Yates, said that Corrigan was part of the investigation and “fully” cooperating with authorities. Yates later said Corrigan had information about a man who met with Kocis that day, but they are looking for the services of a criminal lawyer before talking to police.Police then searched for a “person of interest” named in the investigation.On May 15, 2007; two Virginia Beach escorts and rival producers of gay pornography, Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes, were charged with Kocis’ murder.The theory by investigators was that the two men murdered Kocis because they wanted to get Corrigan to work for them at their porn film company. However, police investigating the murder believe Corrigan didn’t know these two men would actually go and kill Kocis to get him to work for their company.
On Dec. 8, 2008, Kerekes pleaded guilty to the murder of Bryan Kocis and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison without parole, avoiding a potential death sentence.
Jury selection for Cuadra’s trial began Feb. 17, 2009, and the trial began Feb. 24. On Feb. 27, 2009 Brent Corrigan testified for the prosecution.
On March 12, 2009, Harlow Cuadra was found guilty and convicted of first degree murder in Kocis’ death. On March 16, 2009, Cuadra was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On April 7, 2009, Cuadra appealed his life sentence.