Robert Yorkman Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A Midland man who was shot at his business and then arrested after recovering has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison.

28-year-old Robert Yorkman was sentenced Wednesday for conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

The court had previously ordered that Yorkman pay a monetary judgement in the amount of $350,000.

Yorkman plead guilty in May and admitted that since 2006 he had conspired with others to distribute more than 150 kilograms of cocaine in Midland.

"Removing Robert Yorkman from the streets of Midland to federal prison for 18 years is a significant achievement for federal and local law enforcement in the Midland area. The sentence imposed in this case demonstrates that there is a high price to be paid for dealing drugs, United States Attorney John E. Murphy said in a news release"

"This lengthy sentence should put those who engage in this type of illegal activity on notice," stated DEA El Paso Field Division Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit.

Yorkman has remained in federal custody since his arrest on October 28, 2009, the day after he was released from the hospital. Yorkman was in the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound he received after a man walked into his detail shop in Midland and shot him.