YAKIMA, Wash. — A Grandview woman has been sentenced to 13 months for helping cover up the killing of a Prosser man in June 2013.
Laura Marie Bancroft, 20, was charged with second-degree arson and first-degree rendering criminal assistance for helping set fire to a car owned by Preston Yahne, whose body was found in the trunk of the car and of subsequently lying about it to investigators.
Bancroft entered an Alford plea to the charges Friday in Yakima County Superior Court. An Alford plea allows her to maintain her innocence but acknowledges that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her in a jury trial.
Robert McCorkindale, 24, is alleged to have stabbed Yahne near Prosser and run over him over several times with his own car, according to an affidavit filed with the court.
The car was driven to a gravel pit near Sunnyside on Emerald Road, where authorities said McCorkindale and Bancroft were seen running away before the car was reported on fire.
Bancroft told investigators that she and McCorkindale had been home all that day, according to the affidavit.
McCorkindale is awaiting trial in Benton County on first-degree murder charges.