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Cold case suspect sentenced for 1996 shooting death

Posted: Updated: Oct 11, 2012 06:31 PM
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

His murder has been a mystery for 16 years, but now a Portland man's killer is finally going to prison after cold case detectives tracked him down.

David Deangelo McDonald, 40, faced sentencing Thursday for the murder of 22-year-old Michael Anthony Yeggins in 1996.

Police found Yeggins shot to death in Northeast Portland, but in 2000, the case went cold.

With a picture of Yeggins in front of him and Yeggins' mother, Mary Campbell, on speaker phone from Houston, McDonald made one last statement before receiving his sentence.

"I'd like to apologize to the family and my extended apologies to Ms. Campbell and Mr. Yeggins' daughter," McDonald said.

Campbell could be heard crying over the phone while McDonald was speaking.

On July 11 1996, Portland police found Michael Yeggins shot to death in Woodlawn Park.

Detectives searched for the killer, but by 2000, the case hit a wall.

The Portland Police Cold Case unit re-opened it in 2007 and in July 2011, they finally had enough evidence to arrest McDonald.

The victim's mother told FOX 12 it's a huge relief even though she has already found peace.

"I had to forgive the young man in order for me to make it, because I couldn't hold a grudge," she said.

Campbell said her son left three daughters behind and they've struggled with his death for years.

But the message she has for McDonald is a positive one.

"That I forgave him, at the time when he did what he did to my son," Campbell said. "And to let him know that I love him."

In line with a plea deal, the judge sentenced McDonald to 15 years in prison for manslaughter and attempted aggravated murder.

McDonald says he was involved with gangs back then, and now he can only say he is sorry.

"There's nothing really I can say to ease your pain over the years. I just want them to know that my apology is sincere," he said.

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