Murdered Prosser Man's Family Faced Killer At Court Sentencing H - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Murdered Prosser Man's Family Faced Killer At Court Sentencing Hearing

Posted: Updated:
It was an emotional day in court Tuesday as the family of Preston Yahne spoke just feet away from the man who killed him. Robert McCorkindale will now serve 17 years behind bars for second-degree murder. It was an emotional day in court Tuesday as the family of Preston Yahne spoke just feet away from the man who killed him. Robert McCorkindale will now serve 17 years behind bars for second-degree murder.
KENNEWICK, WA - It was an emotional day in court Tuesday as the family of Preston Yahne spoke just feet away from the man who killed him.

Robert McCorkindale will now serve 17 years behind bars for second-degree murder. Yahne's family says they will never recover from their loss, but knowing the man who caused their pain will have time to reflect on what he did is the closest they'll get to justice.

"Our grandson will grow up only hearing how amazing his daddy was. When he wants to have that father son talk with his dad, he will have to do it as I do every night and stand over his headstone and talk to his picture," said mother Angie Villanueva through tears in court.

McCorkindale sat with his head down as the family of the man he says he murdered had their final remarks. He now has 17 years to let every word and every thought sink in.

"I hope he has some time to really think and I hope that's what he does is just think about what he took from Preston, took from us, took from himself."

McCorkindale gave an account of how he murdered the Prosser man, but to Yakima County detectives. When it was later found the murder happened in Benton County, that confession and much of the evidence in the case were thrown out. It was illegal.

Preston's uncle Scott Hunt made sure those details weren't completely forgotten as he read parts of that confession before the judge. 

"He said that he could hear the bones crushing as he drove over him, but yet that wasn't enough your honor. He backed up and he drove over him again, and again and again," read Hunt.

After placing the body in a trunk, McCorkindale told investigators he burned the vehicle trying to cover up what he'd done.

Preston's family exchanged quick “I love yous” between their remarks. They tell us from here they will try to be happy. With the trial behind them, now they just live for Preston.

"We're just going to keep smiling. That's what we're going to do because that's what Preston would want us to do," explained Villanueva.

We asked the family whether the complications in the case that left the sentence at just 17 years behind bars had them feeling as though justice wasn't served. They told us the judge and the prosecuting attorney's did what they could and while it may never be enough it's something. 
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Regional NewsMore>>

  • Searchers recover body of missing Montana backcountry skier

    Searchers recover body of missing Montana backcountry skier

    Monday, May 14 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-05-14 21:46:41 GMT

    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Searchers have recovered the body of a northwestern Montana physician who went missing while backcountry skiing in February.    Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the body of 62-year-old Jonathan Torgerson of Columbia Falls was recovered Saturday in an avalanche runout zone on the north side of Whitefish Mountain.

    More >>

    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Searchers have recovered the body of a northwestern Montana physician who went missing while backcountry skiing in February.    Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the body of 62-year-old Jonathan Torgerson of Columbia Falls was recovered Saturday in an avalanche runout zone on the north side of Whitefish Mountain.

    More >>
  • Sister of Missing Illinois Man Speaks Out

    Sister of Missing Illinois Man Speaks Out

    Friday, May 11 2018 5:45 PM EDT2018-05-11 21:45:48 GMT

    This Sunday will mark two weeks since Paul Batson, an Illinois man, went missing. He was making a detour through Montana when he disappeared near Reed Point. Work to find Batson continues this weekend.

    More >>

    This Sunday will mark two weeks since Paul Batson, an Illinois man, went missing. He was making a detour through Montana when he disappeared near Reed Point. Work to find Batson continues this weekend.

    More >>
  • Illinois Man Still Missing, Last Seen in Reed Point

    Illinois Man Still Missing, Last Seen in Reed Point

    Friday, May 11 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-05-11 04:34:25 GMT

    The search for an Illinois man who was last heard from in Montana at the end of April, continues this weekend. Paul Batson, 49, was reported missing out of Bozeman. His car was found in Reed Point on Sunday, April 29. Sgt.

    More >>

    The search for an Illinois man who was last heard from in Montana at the end of April, continues this weekend. Paul Batson, 49, was reported missing out of Bozeman. His car was found in Reed Point on Sunday, April 29. Sgt.

    More >>