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Church Rock man sentenced to 18 years for child sex abuse conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Patrick Begay, 43, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Churchrock, N.M., was sentenced Aug. 8 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 216 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on an abusive sexual contact charge. Begay will also be required to...

Zuni Pueblo woman pleads guilty to manslaughter charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Bree Lynn Coonsis, 25, a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, N.M., pled guilty Aug. 9 in federal court in Albuquerque, to a voluntary manslaughter charge. Coonsis entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends that she be sentenced to an eight-year term of imprisonment followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court

Coonsis was arrested on May 10, on a criminal complaint charging her with killing a woman on the Zuni Pueblo on April 29, in McKinley County. According to the criminal complaint, Coonsis killed the victim by hitting the victim with her car while Coonsis was driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or...


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Edward J. Duffy, Jr.

08.06.17,  2:32 am

DWI, 1st

MCSO Deputy Roxanne Slim was dispatched to the railroad tracks at the Iyanbito crossing to check on a vehicle that was still running but no driver could be seen. When Slim got close enough to see the driver, she knocked on the window before banging even harder to get the driver, Duffy, Jr., 43, of Ft. Wingate, to wake up.

Agreeing to a field sobriety test, Duffy quickly failed and was placed under arrest. When getting into the unit, Duffy hit the left side of his head and received a cut near his left eye. Slim cleaned the cut and closed it. Duffy’s mother was called to pick up the vehicle and Duffy was transported to the...

Past week: Sheriff, police activity

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It was a relatively quiet time for the Gallup Police Department and the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office that ended August 8, 2017. GPD only recorded 19 individuals cited for 35 outstanding warrants, 14 of those for failure to pay fines. The list included the following:

GPD Warrants: Brennen Chee (Magistrate Court), Arthur Chavaria (Magistrate Court), Brandon Lee Charlie (District Court), Shena Pete (Magistrate Court), Andrew B. Jones (Shoplifting), Richard Gantar (Failure to pay fines, 3), Joe (James) Chadwick Terrill (Failure to pay fines, 11), Ricky L. Mann (Municipal Court), Alden H. Jim (District Court), Amanda Jim (Municipal Court), Brian Begay (San Juan County warrant), Davidson...

Ashlynne Mike’s killer to spend life in prison

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ALBUQUERQUE – Tom Begaye, Jr., 28, entered a guilty plea Aug. 1 to a six-count indictment charging him with murder, aggravated sexual abuse and kidnapping offenses arising out of the abduction and murder of an 11-year-old Navajo child on May 2, 2016.

Begaye entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that requires the imposition of a mandatory term of life imprisonment without the possibility of release.

“The Navajo Nation mourned when we learned of the vicious murder of Ashlynne Mike. The Nation has carried this pain ever since. Today, as we learn that her murderer has pleaded guilty to the six charges against him, we have taken one-step forward in healing. We know the pain...
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