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Airman to be sentenced in Arizona in Mennonite woman's death

An Air Force airman convicted of kidnapping and killing a Mennonite woman is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Arizona. AP photo.
Posted at 1:03 PM, Jan 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-19 15:03:56-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Air Force airman convicted of kidnapping and killing a Mennonite woman is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Arizona.

Mark Gooch faces up to life in prison for the death of Sasha Krause. The 27-year-old woman disappeared from a Mennonite community in northwestern New Mexico in January 2020. Her body was found more than a month later in a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona.

She had been shot in the head. The two didn't know each other but both grew up in Mennonite communities — Krause in Texas and Gooch in Wisconsin. Krause joined the church, but the 22-year-old Gooch rejected the faith.

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