Tempe man gets 16 years in prison for girlfriend's death

Douglas Ray George and Annovedwin Begay-Barakzai

Douglas Ray George and Annovedwin Begay-Barakzai

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 12:24 PM

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PHOENIX – A man whose girlfriend's naked body was found dumped on a Tempe road has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Douglas Ray George, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February and was sentenced Friday morning.

Annovedwin Begay-Barakzai's body, 23, was found in the area of McClintock Drive and Baseline Road in June 2013.

The body wasn't identified for weeks. Police released a composite sketch of the victim and received information from the public that helped identify her.

Investigators believe Begay-Barakzai was killed at a different location than where her body was found by a passerby.
 
Police said Begay-Barakzai had fractured ribs, a lacerated liver and numerous stab wounds to her face and chest.

An autopsy determined Begay-Barakzai died from blunt force trauma and the stab wounds were superficial. 
 
Police said George and Begay-Barakzai lived together in Tempe.
 

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