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Yashanee Vaughn's family considers legal action over withheld details

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The family of Yashanee Vaughn is considering taking legal action after learning attorneys for Parrish Bennette knew where her body was for months without alerting them or police.

Bennette was sentenced to 18 years behind bars with no early release Thursday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in a plea deal. He'll be 34 years old when he's released from prison.

However, the victim's family was shocked when his attorneys admitted they knew where the 14-year-old's body was hidden early on in the investigation.

Her body was discovered four months after she disappeared on Rocky Butte.

"It's sickening to think those who took an oath to uphold laws were actually causing more pain, mental anguish and financial harm to the victim's family," said family spokeswoman Michelle Bart, co-founder of the National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation.

Bart said the family will spend the weekend together at a family wedding, before regrouping early next to week to consider taking legal action.

Outside the courtroom Thursday, Yashanee's family expressed their pain and frustration over the shocking admission.

"I didn't get to bury my daughter like she should've been buried and for them to know and keep his mouth shut, it does not make no sense," said Yashanee's mother Shaquita Louis.

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