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Man sentenced to life in prison for killing Mennonite woman, leaving body near Flagstaff

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

An Air Force airman convicted of kidnapping and killing a Mennonite woman was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.

Mark Gooch was convicted of kidnapping Sasha Krause from northwestern New Mexico, fatally shooting her and leaving her body in a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona.

The 22-year-old was sentenced almost exactly two years from the day Krause went missing.

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 Gooch rejected the faith.