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Airman in Arizona sentenced to life in prison in Mennonite woman's death

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Jan 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-19 16:45:31-05

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — An Air Force airman convicted of kidnapping and killing a Mennonite woman was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Arizona.

Mark Gooch received a sentence of natural life in prison plus 5 years 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.