Longview man resentenced for horrific 1994 murder of 7-year-old girl
KELSO, Wash. — Following a re-sentencing hearing, a Longview man has been sentenced to 46 years in prison for the brutal 1994 murder of a 7-year-old girl who lived next door to him.
Rachel Dillard was found dead underneath her neighbor Timothy Haag's bed, after being hog-tied, strangled and having her head wrapped in plastic.
Haag, at the time 17 years old, was sentenced to life in prison without parole under a then-new state law that sent juveniles to adult court for certain crimes and required mandatory sentencing.
Rachel Dillard's brother, Alex Anderson, attended Haag's re-sentencing hearing.
“The pain will never go away. ... And we're sentenced to a life sentence of this," Anderson said. "He (Haag) knew the consequences of his actions. He just didn't want to have to accept it. He wanted to go home and go back to mommy, and that's what he's trying to do now."
Haag cried during court arguments over whether he should stay in prison or be released.
Defense experts testified Haag killed the little girl during a one-time psychotic break, like a volcanic explosion. Prosecutors argue what made Haag kill as a teenager makes him dangerous today.
Late in the day during Friday’s re-sentencing hearing, Haag spoke in court.
“And I know I’ve put Rachel’s family through hell,” said Haag. “There’s no other way to say that. I know that I’ve hurt them, that I’ve ripped them apart.”