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Craig Nunamaker Charged In Residential Burglary Of Semi-Conscious Man

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28-year-old Craig Nunamaker was charged with Residential Burglary after he broke into 52-year-old Leslie Young's home Tuesday morning. 28-year-old Craig Nunamaker was charged with Residential Burglary after he broke into 52-year-old Leslie Young's home Tuesday morning.
Leslie Young and Tina Pielstick Leslie Young and Tina Pielstick


KENNEWICK, WA- The man convicted of burglarizing the home of a semi-conscious man who was later found dead back in January learned his sentence Wednesday.

Family and friends watched as Craig Nunamaker appeared before a judge. Nunamaker will face 15 months in jail for burglarizing Leslie Young's Benton City Travel Trailer, and taking his wallet from his pocket.

Anxiously waiting for his sentence, a woman who was once married to Young, says it is just not enough.   

"I don't think it's enough, my opinion about that is that, whether he's the cause of Leslie's death or not, he admitted that he was in a bad way when he left there and I feel like he should have gotten help. He should have gotten Leslie help," explained Tina Pielstick who had a relationship with Young for two years.

Young's mother grabbed her necklace as she heard the sentence. She told NBC Right Now off camera she and her husband are happy Nunamaker will pay for what he has done.

Young's ex-wife said she saw him the night before his death,  they exchanged a kiss and, "I love you", going their separate ways, not knowing that was the last moment she would see him.

He was, "kind, genuinely kind, happy, smart... A very intelligent man. I miss him everyday, everyday I miss him a lot," said Pielstick.

Young's parents think he took advantage of the opportunity to steal from Young. All anyone has really has left are memories of the man they loved and miss dearly.

"The more time that goes by the more I miss him coming by and having coffee and going on rides and just talking. Just hearing his voice, just getting a text, just getting a "good morning" or a "hello", or "I'm on my way," tearfully explained Pielstick.  

Sergeant Kevin McCary with the Benton County Sheriff's Office said the investigation into Young's death and the burglary investigation are separate.

Right now, the death investigation is on hold, due to toxicology reports that should be available in the next few weeks.



BENTON CITY, WA- The West Richland man arrested for breaking into a travel trailer in Benton City where deputies found a man dead inside early Tuesday morning has been charged with residential burglary.The prosecutor charged 28-year-old Craig Nunamaker with residential burglary after he admitted to breaking into 52-year-old Leslie Young's residence in Benton City on Tuesday.

It happened around 1:00 a.m. and according to court documents, Nunamaker stole a flat screen TV, a DVD player and a wallet.

Deputies said Young's family members found his body inside his trailer behind his parents' home on Angeline Boulevard around 5:30 p.m. the same day.

An autopsy will be done on Young's body Saturday.

Deputies are still investigating whether the burglary and death are connected.  

Nunamaker's previous record included three felonies, one for 2nd degree theft in 2004.  Two years later he faced 2nd degree burglary charges, and then charges for trafficking stolen property in 2011. 

Nunamaker's arraignment is set for Monday.