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A 28-year-old New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing and killing an 11-year-old girl after kidnapping her and her brother on the Navajo Nation in May of last year. In a release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico says Tom Begaye Jr. entered the plea Tuesday in Albuquerque under an agreement that requires him to serve a mandatory life term without the possibility of release. Begaye abducted Ashlynne Mike and her 9-year-old brother on May 2nd, 2016, and drove them to a remote spot a few miles from the Shiprock formation.

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On Saturday, a grand jury indicted 55-year-old Mark Redwine on charges of murder and child abuse. This was after a years-long investigation into the disappearance of his 13-year-old son Dylan outside of Durango. The case has attracted national attention. The Durango Herald broke the original story of Dylan Redwine’s disappearance in 2012.

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A criminal suspect reportedly assaulted two Montezuma County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday in the county courthouse. According to an incident report, 40-year-old Shane French has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault on a peace officer, as well as resisting arrest and failure to appear. The report says French was late for court and went upstairs, where he was told he had a warrant. He then reportedly returned downstairs, walked up to security Deputy Emery Brewer, and punched him in the face and groin. Brewer grabbed French as Deputy Dale Foote rushed over to help.

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Mesa Verde National Park is asking for help combating graffiti, vandalism, and littering. In a recent Facebook posting, park officials say over the summer they have seen more and more evidence of such behavior. Spokesperson Christy Brown tells KSJD in a recent incident, a vandal dug up prehistoric charcoal from an archaeological site and used it to rub names onto sandstone. The charcoal was completely used up.

A 36-year-old Montezuma County man was being held Friday on a charge of first-degree homicide in the death of his mother. Sheriff Steve Nowlin says Jeremiah Damron is believed to have shot his mother, 62-year-old Kristie Damron, sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday. Nowlin says his office received a report about 10 a.m. Thursday about a possible shooting at the suspect's home on County Road 21.75, and found Kristie Damron dead in the backyard.