Brother of airman charged with Arizona murder gets probation

Samuel Gooch was taken into custody on May 3, 2020, in the Phoenix area and booked into jail on suspicion of hindering prosecution and attempting to tamper with evidence. His brother, Mark Gooch, who was an airman stationed at Luke Air Force Base has been charged with theft, kidnapping and murder in the death of Sasha Krause.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 6, 2020

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The brother of an airman charged with murder in northern Arizona has been sentenced to three years of probation in a separate but related case.

Samuel Gooch was sentenced Monday in Coconino County Superior Court. He had pleaded guilty in August to a reduced charge of facilitation to commit hindering prosecution.

"I realize I made a mistake and I take responsibility for my actions," Gooch told the court.

Joshua Davidson, the attorney for Gooch, asked the court for one year's probation because his client had no prior criminal history.

Judge Cathleen Brown Nichols said she believed probation was "appropriate and warranted" but not for one year. She will allow Gooch to serve his probation in his home state of Wisconsin.

Authorities accused Gooch of flying to Arizona from Wisconsin in early May to pick up what he thought was the rifle used in the shooting of 27-year-old Sasha Krause.

Gooch's younger brother, Mark Gooch, has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the death of Krause. The 27-year-old woman disappeared from a Mennonite community where she lived near Farmington, New Mexico, and taught Sunday school in mid-January. Her body later was found in the forest outside Flagstaff.

The Coconino County Attorney's Office has said it does not anticipate entering into plea negotiations in Mark Gooch's case.