Michael Cochren

Gibson County Prosecutor


Robert Krieg was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Gibson County in 2002 and is now serving his fourth four-year term. Krieg is a member of the Indiana and Gibson County Bar Associations and the National District Attorneys Association. He currently serves as a board member of the Public Relations-Outreach Committee of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council and previously served on the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Board of Directors and on the Gibson County Community Corrections Advisory Board.

Krieg was a member of the Indiana Army National Guard for nearly 10 years, serving as a Judge Advocate (attorney) for the 38th Infantry Division. He held the rank of Major before receiving an honorable discharge from the military in late 2008. In September, 2005, Krieg was mobilized for duty to assist in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, spending much of his time in the hard-hit Gulfport, MS area.

Krieg also serves as an adjunct instructor for Oakland City University for over 15 years. He has taught numerous courses in the Associate, Bachelor, and Master’s Degree programs, including in the areas of Criminal Law, Business Law, Ethics, Speech, History, and Management.

Krieg has been actively involved in his community in many ways. He served for many years on the advisory board of the Salvation Army of Gibson and Pike Counties and is the past president of Princeton Rotary. Krieg also is a member of the Princeton Elks and an associate member of the Gibson County Fraternal Order of Police.

In addition, Krieg was a 12 year member of the Princeton Little League Board of Directors and was a past board member of the Gibson County Youth Football League. The father of two boys, Krieg coached many youth league teams, travel teams, and all-star teams in baseball, football, basketball and soccer and has helped with his youngest son’s cross country teams.

Krieg attended Francisco Elementary School through 8th grade and is a 1988 graduate of Princeton Community High School. He graduated in 1992 from Indiana University with a double major in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Krieg received his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington in 1996.

Krieg and his wife Reina have been married for 22 years and live in Princeton with their two children, Tucker, a senior at Gibson Southern High School, and Jackson, an 8th grader at Princeton Community Middle School. They attend Bethel Memorial Church in Princeton.

Contact Michael Cochren:

Email: mcochren@gibsoncounty-in.gov
Phone: (812) 385-5497

Michael Cochren Gibson County Prosecutor

Michael Cochren

Sharon Werne

Deputy Prosecutor


Sharon H. Werne is Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Gibson County and has held that position since her hire in 1995. She serves as prosecutor primarily in Gibson Superior Court which handles felony, misdemeanor and traffic infraction causes. She has litigated murder, sex crime, animal abuse and operating while intoxicated cases.

Sharon is a 1976 graduate of University of Southern Indiana with a major in Biology and Chemistry. She worked in the private sector heading laboratory analysis for a coal corporation and then attended Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, graduating in 1992. She then worked as an associate for a local attorney in general practice with a focus on criminal defense before her hire into the prosecutor’s office.

Sharon is currently the President of the Gibson County Bar Association and is a member of the Domestic Violence Task Force, Fraternal Order of Police, Child Protection Team, Tri-Kappa Sorority, and served as secretary/treasurer for Citizens for Drug Free Gibson County for many years. She is a board member of Salvation Army of Gibson and Pike County, Gibson County Council on Aging, Animal Services for Gibson County, Gibson County Community Corrections, and is an active team member of the Substance Abuse Treatment (Drug) Court administered through Gibson County Superior Court.

Contact Sharon Werne:

Email: swerne@gibsoncounty-in.gov
Phone: (812) 385-5497

Abigail Cox

Chief Deputy Prosecutor


Abigail Cox joined the Gibson County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecutor in January of 2011 after working in private practice and as legal counsel for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). Abby prosecutes cases primarily in Circuit Court and is responsible for all juvenile delinquency matters and the Child Fatality Review Team. She serves on the Coalition for Communities that Care through Youth First and the DCS Regional Services Counsel.

Abby is a 1998 graduate of the University of Evansville, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Spanish. She graduated from The Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio in 2001.

Contact Abigail Cox:

Email: acox@gibsoncounty-in.gov
Phone: (812) 385-5497

Anthony "Tonee" Hurst

Deputy Prosecutor


Anthony “Tonee” Hurst is a deputy prosecutor for the Gibson County Prosecutor’s Office. His duties include Title IV-D child support enforcement, traffic court, and felony and misdemeanor case assistance in Gibson Superior Court. He also is the office’s primary legal research attorney.

Tonee is a 2003 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, where he majored in Philosophy. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington in 2006.

Tonee joined the prosecutor’s office in 2012. Prior to that, he was in private practice, practicing primarily in Warrick and Vanderburgh Counties.

Contact Anthony "Tonee" Hurst:

Email: ahurst@gibsoncounty-in.gov
Phone: (812) 385-5497