Man Sentenced to Life In Prison for Murder and Sexual Assault of 11-Year-Old Ashlynne Mike

Oct 24, 2017

A New Mexico man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl near Shiprock in 2016.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tom Begaye Jr. was sentenced in U.S. District Court as part of a plea bargain. Begaye kidnapped Ashlynne Mike and her brother near Waterflow, but later let the boy go. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, who attended the sentencing, said the sheer brutality of the crime makes it difficult to fathom justice in the case.