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Wed July 20, 2011

2 Farmington Men Enter Plea Deals In Branding Case

Farmingtoon, New Mexico – FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRWG) Two of three New Mexico men accused of branding a swastika on the arm of a developmentally disabled Navajo man have entered plea agreements.

State prosecutors say 27-year-old Paul Beebe and 25-year-old Jesse Sanford both entered Alford pleas Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Under an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction but does not admit guilt.

The Farmington Daily Times says Beebe entered his plea to attempted kidnapping and aggravated battery in the April 2010 attack on the 22-year-old victim. Sanford entered his plea to attempted kidnapping and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery.

Prosecutors say they've agreed to cap the prison sentence at 8 years for each defendant and won't oppose running the time together for both counts.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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