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NM man gets prison for ax murder of girlfriend

October 27, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Pinedale man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing his girlfriend with an ax.

A federal judge in Albuquerque sentenced 37-year-old Mac Arthur Cooke on Friday for a second-degree murder conviction. He will be on supervised release for five years after he completes his prison term.

Prosecutors say Cooke pleaded guilty to killing 29-year-old Vivian Watson on Jan. 13, 2012, in Vanderwagen on the Navajo Nation.

According to court filings, Cooke admitted that he hit his girlfriend of two years in the head with an ax during an argument.

Cooke has been in federal custody since his arrest in February.

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