Man convicted of Durango woman’s death gets 48 years to life

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – A man convicted of sexually assaulting a Durango woman who died after the abuse nearly a decade ago has been sentenced to 48 years to life in prison.

The Durango Herald reports Harold Nakai, of Shiprock, New Mexico, was sentenced Monday for the 2007 death of his girlfriend, 34-year-old Nicole Leigh Redhorse. He was one of three men who served large amounts of vodka to the woman before having sex with her at a motel.

The other men, Derrick Begaye and Carlton Yazzie, are serving 48-year prison terms after being found guilty in 2008 of criminally negligent homicide and sexual assault.

Nakai was convicted of the same charges, but an appeals court granted him a new trial last year after finding that some of his statements to police were made involuntarily. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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