Tahlequah Daily Press

January 16, 2014

Prosecutors drop perjury charge in Begay sex abuse case

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors this week agreed to drop the charges against a woman who was accused of lying when she testified on her husband’s behalf.

Terry D. Begay, 48, was charged with perjury in October 2012, a month after her husband Stacey G. Begay went before a Cherokee County jury on child sex abuse charges.

A judge had Terry Begay arrested after some alleged inconsistencies in her testimony that year. She later pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Her husband was found guilty of his charges in 2012, but later sought and received a second trial. He was again found guilty and sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Stacey Begay must serve at least 85 percent of that sentence, and will face three years of post-incarceration supervision if he is released.

He was accused of being intimately involved with the Begays’ adopted teenage daughter, which prosecutors allege – via DNA tests – led to the girl becoming pregnant and having a baby.

Assistant District Attorney Doug Dry said prosecutors moved to have the perjury case against Terry Begay dismissed after taking several factors into account, including her ongoing medical evaluations and the potential time it could take to have the case go before a jury.

As part of the dismissal, Terry Begay was ordered to pay court costs at $100 per month.