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Convicted Murderer Mark Gooch Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing A New Mexico Woman In 2021

A former airman, who was convicted of killing a New Mexico woman and then leaving her body near Sunset Crater back in February of last year, was sentenced to life in prison, plus five years on the kidnapping charge. Twenty-two-year-old Mark Gooch found out his sentence, for murdering 27-year-old Sasha Krouse, in Coconino County Superior Court Wednesday. Gooch was found guilty of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the killing back in October. Gooch kidnapped the woman back on January 18th of 2021, and took her to an area near Flagstaff. Gooch bound Krause and shot her in the back of the head and then left her near Sunset Crater, where she was found by a camper. Gooch was arrested at Luke Air Force Base last April in connection with Krause’s disappearance and death. Coconino County Attorney Bill Ring issued a statement after the sentencing saying, “instead of honorably serving his Nation, he is going to serve a humiliating life term in prison.” He added, “the victim’s faith was important to her, so as guided by Proverbs, we all do right by caring that justice gets done for the vulnerable ones.”