VICTORVILLE – One of the three men charged in connection with the 2014 shooting death of National Guard soldier, 31-year-old Daniel Yarbrough was sentenced to time served on Thursday. Thomas Bradshaw, 25 after serving a year and a half in jail was released at 11:12 p.m. on Thursday night.
The motive of the murder or Yarborough was found to be the collection of a life insurance policy. Prior to the shooting 29-year-old Wesley Swank made himself the beneficiary of Yarborough’s life insurance policy by forging signatures, and creating a fake email account posing as Yarbrough.
In a previous failed attempt to take the life of Yarbrough, his vehicle was shot at while he was sitting in it as it was parked in the driveway of his Victorville home on September 17, 2014. Bradshaw, Swank’s brother-in-law, according to court testimony was driving the vehicle when shots were fired that day.
Less than two weeks later Yarbrough was invited to Thomas Bradshaw’s apartment on the 16200 block of Muni Road in the Town of Apple Valley. Logan Swank, Wesley’s younger brother who was only 21-years-old sent text messages to Yarbrough telling him where to park. While sitting in his vehicle in front of the apartment, Yarbrough was shot and killed. Authorities believe that Wesley Swank was the shooter, who shot and killed Yarbrough.
Wesley Swank was arrested nearly 4 months later on January 28, 2015, and Logan Swank was arrested the following day in San Antonio, Texas. Several months later, in November 2016, after six days of testimony and during the 2nd day of jury deliberations the jury found Logan Swank guilty of murder. He was sentenced on February 19, 2016, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Thomas Bradshaw the driver of the vehicle during the September 17, 2014, shooting changed his not guilty plea as part of a plea bargain on October 7, 2015. Bradshaw pleaded to no contest to permitting another to shoot from a vehicle. The attempted murder charge was dropped pursuant to the plea bargain. Bradshaw was sentenced on Thursday, July 28, 2016, to 1094 days in jail and was released on the 547 days served with conduct credit for the remaining 547 days.
Wesley Swank is currently being held at the West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $1,000,00 bail. His jury trial began on Monday, July 25, 2016, and will return to the Victorville Superior Court for the 4th day of testimony on Monday, August 1, 2016, per court records.
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