YAKIMA – A Grandview woman has been convicted of first degree rendering of criminal assistance and second degree arson after she entered an Alford plea to the charges in court last Friday, Feb. 21.
Laura Bancroft will serve 13 months in prison for her role in the murder of Preston Yahne, 22, of Prosser.
An Alford plea allows a person to plead guilty and still claim innocence. The plea is used when the defendant accepts that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict but still maintains that she is innocent of the crime.
Yahne was discovered in the trunk of his own burnt out car on June 18 of last year. Police quickly arrested Robert Bruce McCorkindale of Grandview and Bancroft in connection with the crime. Police say McCorkindale admitted to killing Yahne in a dispute over a drug deal.
McCorkindale is still awaiting trial in Benton County.