Former Selah resident sentenced to 27 months for wife’s death

Former Selah resident sentenced to 27 months for wife’s death

A former Selah man was sentenced to 27 months in jail for second-degree manslaughter in connection to his wife’s 1997 death.

Barry Beckford was sentenced Tuesday morning after entering an Alford plea, which means he does not admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence to be prosecuted. The plea came after his initial five-week murder trial that ended in a hung jury, according to court documents.

Beckford’s attorney Adolfo Banda told the Yakima Herald-Republic his client has already served 28 months in jail pending trial, meaning he will likely be released in a matter of days or weeks.