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A man accused of raping and killing an 11-year-old girl on the Navajo Nation last year was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility parole on Friday as part of a plea deal.
Tom Begaye was handed down the sentence at the U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the rape and murder Ashlynne Mike in May 2016.
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Authorities say Begaye lured Mike and her brother into his van before killing the girl and allowing the boy to escape.
The brother notified police but an Amber Alert didn't go out until the next day.
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Her body was later found in an area near the Arizona-New Mexico border.
The death led to pending legislation that would expand Amber Alerts into the Navajo Nation and other tribal lands.
Verdict - Ashlynne - Mother - Pamela - Foster
Following the verdict, Ashlynne's mother Pamela Foster called Begaye a 'monster' who stole her child.
'I have tried to get up each day on a positive note, and this is not possible because I still miss my sweet baby,' Foster said.
Begaye - August - Prosecutors - Child
Begaye pleaded guilty in August, telling prosecutors that he hit the child in...
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