Monday, August 8, 2016

IN THE NEWS: Second Swank brother convicted of National Guardsman's murder

By Matthew Cabe Staff Writer
Posted Aug. 5, 2016 at 4:44 PM

VICTORVILLE — The man painted as the mastermind behind the 2014 murder of a Barstow National Guardsman has been convicted.

A jury found Wesley Swank, 29, guilty of murder and attempted murder Wednesday, after less than two hours of deliberation and a trial that lasted six days. Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 30.

Swank could face life without the possibility of parole, per California law.

On Sept. 29, 2014, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials found the body of Daniel Yarbrough, 31, after responding to a report of shots heard near the 16200 block of Muni Road in Apple Valley, according to a previous Daily Press report.

Yarbrough — who lived in Victorville and served with a National Guard unit in Barstow — was discovered in a white sedan. He had gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Swank was arrested in January in Apple Valley in connection to the murder after he and his younger brother Logan were fingered as suspects by the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Detail.

Logan Swank, 21, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2015.

Both brothers pleaded not guilty to murder charges, as well as to attempted murder charges in connection to a previous attempt on Yarbrough’s life that took place 12 days before he was killed.

Logan Swank was convicted last November and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in February.

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