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

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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. 
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