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Umatilla Man Begins Life Sentence Without Possibility of Parole for Triple Murder

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KENNEWICK, WA. -- A 24-year-old Umatilla man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of three people. 

The sentencing Tuesday was over very quickly. It took under 30 minutes for Francisco Resendez-Miranda to be taken to his prison cell where he will sit without the possibility of parole for the rest of his life. 

Resendez-Miranda was facing an automatic life sentence after being convicted for his part in the murder of three people last August in a rural Benton County cornfield. The sentencing began with two letters from victims family members. A court administrator read them in front of Resendez-Miranda.

"Everyday I see my granddaughter. and at times, it ruins my day," the court administrator read from the letter. "Because she was taken away from me, not by illness but by some heartless person or persons who don't value the life of a human being. And these are murderers. I just hope that you suffer more than my granddaughter did in the last minute of her life."

But possibly the most dramatic part of the sentencing is when Resendez-Miranda decided to speak on his own behalf. He spoke through a translator and maintained his innocence. 

"I know that everybody thinks that I'm a monster," Resendez-Miranda said. "But I would have liked for you to have known me otherwise."

Afterward, the judge said he had no discretion over the life without parole sentence based on state law, but he agreed that Resendez-Miranda should be put away for the rest of his life. 

The prosecution believes Resendez-Miranda had help in the three murders, but all of the other suspects are believed to now be in Mexico.

Resendez-Miranda has already filed an appeal of the guilty verdict.