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Chinle man sentenced to 16 years for second degree murder

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A man from Chinle, Ariz. has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for second degree murder.

On July 12, Rogche Yoe Begay, 25, was sentenced to his time in prison by United States District Judge Diane J. Humetewa. Begay previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – On July 12, Rogche Yoe Begay, 25, of Chinle, Ariz., was sentenced by United States District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 16 years in prison. Begay previously pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder.

On July 16, 2019, Begay stabbed a man with a knife, killing him. The crime occurred on the Navajo Nation, where Begay is an enrolled member.

The FBI and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jillian Besancon, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

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