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Arizona jury convicts airman in death of New Mexico woman found dead near Flagstaff

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Posted at 12:38 PM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-13 15:38:41-04

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — A jury in Arizona has convicted a U.S. Air Force airman in the murder of a Mennonite woman who was living in New Mexico.

The jury reached its verdict Wednesday. Jurors heard closing arguments in the case Friday.

Mark Gooch faces life in prison on the murder charge.

He also was found guilty of kidnapping Sasha Krause in January 2020 from the Farmington Mennonite Church where she was gathering material for Sunday school.

Her body was found hundreds of miles away on the outskirts of Flagstaff, Arizona, in a forest clearing more than a month later.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 24.