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Pamela Foster, foreground, and Gary Mike, center background, parents of Ashlynne Mike, prepare to make a statement after their daughter’s killer Tom Begaye was sentenced to life in prison, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 outside of a federal courthouse in downtown Albuquerque, N.M.. Tom Begaye was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole as part of a plea deal in the 2016 rape and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike. Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP

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Navajo man sentenced to life for kidnapping, assault of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike

A district judge in New Mexico sentenced a Navajo man to a term of life imprisonment without the possibility of release for his conviction in the rape and murder May 2, 2016 of Ashlynne Mike, an 11-year-old Navajo child.