- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) - A Grandview, Washington man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for fatally stabbing a friend, then running over his body and stashing it in a car trunk.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://is.gd/vr0i3e ) that 25-year-old Robert B. McCorkindale was sentenced Tuesday in Benton County Superior Court for the June 2013 murder of 22-year-old Preston Yahne.

McCorkindale earlier pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder.

His initial charge of first-degree murder was reduced, in part because McCorkindale’s statements were suppressed after a judge found Yakima County sheriff’s detectives violated his right to a lawyer after his arrest.

The man was accused of burning Yahne’s body in the trunk of a car where the victim’s skull and bones were later found.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com


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