Published On: Wed, Feb 13th, 2019

Arizona Man, Clayton Begay Sentenced to 14 Years for Second Degree Murder

On Feb. 4, 2019, Clayton Begay, 43, of Kayenta, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Tuchi 14 years’ imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release.  Begay had previously pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder on August 2018.


In Nov. 8, 2015, Begay who had a history of DUI convictions drove his vehicle with a BAC level between .384 and .401.  As a result, Begay caused his vehicle to roll over and crash, killing two passengers and seriously injuring a third passenger.  Begay is a member of the Navajo Nation.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Navajo Nation Department of Law Enforcement and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  The prosecution was handled by Sharon K. Sexton, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona.

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