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Begaye Indicted for Murder of Ashlynne Mike

Begaye Indicted for Murder of Ashlynne Mike

Each of the first five counts carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison, U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez said.

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

A federal grand jury has indicted Tom Begaye Jr. on murder, kidnapping and sexual assault charges for the May 2 murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

The indictment, which was filed in federal court on May 24, charged the 27-year-old Begaye with first-degree and felony murder, kidnapping resulting in death, aggravated sexual abuse resulting in death (two counts) and kidnapping of a minor.

Each of the first five counts carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison, U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez said.

Begaye is accused of kidnapping Mike on the Navajo Reservation in San Juan County, sexually assaulting her and bludgeoning her with a tire iron and then leaving her to die near the Shiprock pinnacle.

Begaye’s arraignment on the indictment has yet to be scheduled.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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