Man accused in Navajo Nation girl’s death to change plea

Tom Begaye is accused of kidnapping and killing an 11-year-old girl near Shiprock, New Mexico.

NAVAJO NATION (KRQE) – The man charged with sexually assaulting and killing 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike is expected to change his plea this week.

Tom Begaye is accused of kidnapping and murdering Ashlynne last year, on the Navajo Nation near Shiprock Monument.

Begaye’s attorneys told a judge last month they were willing to resolve the case through a plea deal, but it’s not clear whether they’ve struck that deal yet with prosecutors.

Either way, Begaye will not face the death penalty because the Navajo Nation has opted out of it.

On Tuesday, Begaye is due in Federal Court. 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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