A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:
MCHENRY MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER
Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that twenty-one year old Victor Bandala-Martinez was sentenced to thirty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the December 14, 2008 stabbing death of Yair Cabrera.
Judge Joseph Condon sentenced a McHenry man to 30 years.
Witness testimony during the three day bench trial before Judge Joesph Condon revealed that the victim and Bandala-Martinez, who were social acquaintances, were involved in a verbal argument inside a McHenry apartment in the early morning hours of December 14, 2008.
The argument spilled out into an adjacent yard where the defendant stabbed the unarmed victim with a sharp object at least two times.
Yair Cabrera was pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital.
The forensic pathologist who examined the victim’s wounds concluded that the 17 year old victim died of hemorrhagic shock due to a stab wound of the heart.
Bandala-Martinez faced a sentence of between twenty to sixty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Michael Combs and Philip Hiscock.