Lone Pine stabbing arrest


Bretton Austin Begaye, 19 of Lone Pine



On March 10th at approximately 7:30 AM Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911-call for a stabbing at a residence in Lone Pine.  Deputies located the victim, and with the assistance of the Lone Pine ambulance service transported the victim to Southern Inyo Hospital.

Bretton Austin Begaye, a 19-year old Lone Pine man was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies for the offense.  Begaye is currently being held at the Inyo County Jail on the following charges: attempted murder, felony battery, and felony assault; bail has been set at $500, 000.


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26 Responses to Lone Pine stabbing arrest

  1. inyoindian March 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    There is a lot of underlying factors in this case that need to be addressed! But my confidence in this county to demonstrate justice in a fair fashion is far from my expectations. With all the cops on payroll you would think with all that serving and protecting ths wouldn’t happen. take out two cops salary and you will have approximately 160k not mention the gas that would not be consumed, with that money we can have programs to help our youth grow out of any problem that may arise. believe me, I am living proof that with community outreach big changes can be made. Time after time our youth get the short end of the stick… please prove me wrong!!

  2. Wayne Deja March 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    inyoindian….Can’t quite make out what your trying to say….Surely your not blaming the Inyo County Sheriffs Dept.for this guy stabbing his family member……are you?…The “underlying factors” you mention are the same ole’ same ole’……Alcohol/and or drugs+weapons= violence.

    • Benett Kessler March 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

      Let me point out that we don’t have the facts of the circumstances of this reported crime and the charges are allegations. Benett Kessler

    • inyoindian March 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

      Of course not! what I am saying about our inflated local law enforcement is it isn’t making us any safer from this type of incident, but those wasted funds can go out to job training and placement programs, our any type of outreach that can be a start or just a little help one could really benefit from.
      You mention your opinion of underlying factors, but when your in that perspective you may feel deferent about that.

  3. Big AL March 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Right on inyoindian, about the outreach programs, but seriously .. with all of the cops we have here, this wouldn’t have happened?

    I think … take out two cops, and put money into programs would not necessarily solve this and keep crime from happening. Maybe, yeah, it might help some, but these kids need a whole lot more than that, they need something that starts at home.

    Outreach programs can help individuals, but unless somewhere someone planted the seeds, it is difficult to bring about change. Yet change can be made, such as in your case.

    As far as proving you wrong, on the cop thing and crime, you are wrong, I feel. On the need for outreach, you are right on! Youth now days need all they can get from the community at large, when the family units break down. and they are left on their own in the world of their peers, and a society that is more concerned about themselves.

    • inyoindian March 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

      Thanks Al, I appreciate the support on the programs for youth cause it is something I feel strongly about. I have nothing against our inflated local law enforcement, I show them the respect that if I needed the help, it could be anyone of them. So in my heart I am thankful for that.
      But you will not convince me they are that biusy.
      But overall I agree with you on home having its biggest impact, and society more concerned about themselves.
      I don’t want to see this young man get more time then he dosent deserve.
      I don’t even want to get onto past court case’s and how much it favors certain individuals.

  4. Getreal March 16, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I bet the victim was GRATEFUL to see cops show up when he was stabbed. Bet he didnt think of outreach programs when he was bleeding out.

    • inyoindian March 16, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      I am sure it wasent outreach he was thinking about. more like “Damn”, “I brought this on myself”.

      • Wayne Deja March 17, 2012 at 9:07 am #

        Are you saying it was self defense?….If so,what kind of weapon did the victim have to warrant his stabbing at the hands of the 19 year old? If that were the case,there would be two people in jail.From what I have heard,it was just a matter of time before something like this was going to happen with this guy that was arrested.

      • Getreal March 17, 2012 at 10:30 am #

        There’s no accountability for the person doing the stabbing ? Woe is him, he’s the product of a troubled community blah blah blah.

        No thats baloney.

    • Big AL March 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

      Seriously getreal? shows a lot of intelligence, if you can’t give more than that, then maybe you need to find another place post things like that .. or … “Get with the program”. and be part of the solution.

      • Getreal March 19, 2012 at 8:15 am #

        Oh I agree Big AL, there needs to be something done within the community and honestly society as a whole.

        BUT I dont like the cop out of pointing fingers elsewhere when an adult commits a crime. Thats the point Im trying to make. Life is tough. For some its harder than others. But at the end of the day we are in control of our behavior and how we choose to react to life’s difficulties. If this young man commited a crime I really hope he stands up and takes his punishment, gets help and out of this lifestyle so he doesnt waste all his potential. But when it comes down to it….all of that is HIS choice. He can have numerous outreach programs, and awesome family, access to a great education but the choice is his alone whether he’s going to do right or not.

        • NewEra March 19, 2012 at 9:34 am #

          What happen to the Blah Blah Blah Approach? it looked better on You!

  5. RJ March 16, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    What’s the Gos sip-mill there in LP sayin bout what happened And I think the Best solution to the issue would be for the Lone Pine Tribe to build their own “Tribal Casino” thus providing sound jobs so things like this don’t happen 🙂

    • inyoindian March 16, 2012 at 9:34 am #

      I agree RJ, Lone Pine Tribe has time after time dropped the ball. This is a reflection of that.
      Thanks for posting my cooments Bennet! I take back my statement of this website being Lame.
      This story hits home so I wanted to set the tone.

    • Ash Seiter March 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      I for one don’t want a casino in Lone Pine. The few jobs and slight economic boost it could provide are not worth the seedy elements associated with gambling. What we need is a new industry and out-of-the-box thinking to put our residents to work, not a few slot machines for people to waste their hard earned wages on.

      • Big AL March 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

        Yes amen I don’t like the idea of a casino, I think they are more of a drain on the community at large, but more so for the tribal community. From what I have seen, the casinos do not really benefit the people, and they only bring more dependence for some .. on gambling.
        I think .. the thought of thinking outside the box for the Lone Pine tribe, is right on. There has to be some sort of industry that that can bring lucrative income for the tribe.
        And Yes inyoindian, not only has the L.P. tribe dropped the ball, they all have, it seems the leaders can not get together for the common good of their people, they are too busy with all sorts of agendas. Some do try, but they are only a few.

  6. Rob March 16, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    “underlying factors”

    So the attempted murderer is a victim of Alcohol and or drugs.

    I can agree with that, but it doesn’t make him innocent.

  7. Wayne Deja March 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Yeah,just like how the casino up in Bishop was the solution to the crime up there on the reservation…right?

    • batman984 March 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

      What would u do to change the socioeconomic situation in LP wayne?? Inquiring minds want to knowww

      • Trouble March 17, 2012 at 5:11 am #

        Not me Batman 🙂

      • Wayne Deja March 17, 2012 at 8:04 am #

        Like I’ve stated before,if someone wants to work,and willing to work for less than $15.00 an hour,there is work out there in Lone Pine,Big Pine,Olancha,and any other town..big or small…Most people I know in Lone Pine have a job,and income.Those that don’t have a Mom or Dad or girlfriend or wife supporting them.

        • NewEra March 19, 2012 at 9:30 am #

          Right, those that dont have anybody supporting them, 15 a hour is barely enough. most people I know that have a job, its because of who they Know and they are willing to do what it takes to get it and to keep it!

    • inyoindian March 17, 2012 at 8:33 am #

      Nobody said a Casino was a solution!

  8. Wayne Deja March 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    inyoindian…See above post by “RJ”….and you agreed with it.

  9. NewEra March 19, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    First off, @ wayne deja, I agreed with Lone Pine Tribe on investing in job creation and self sustainability. Dosen’t have to be your typical casino!
    @ Rob, I understand he isn’t innocent, my concern is him getting more time then he deserves. Seen it time after time.
    @ Big Al, again I Agree!!!
    @ Get real, Your in the WAY! MOVE!!!!
    @ Ash, “out of the box” i like it, cause we all know mainstream isn’t always the best, No matter how common it is!

    The title “inyoindian” I am not worthy to have. It is referring to something none of us can touch. Natives have roamed this region for thousends of years, and for me to have that title in anyway and throw out typical comments, I don’t want to be a bad repersentation of something that is untouchable.

    On the local law enforcement issues, I still feel the same. I can’t stand to think that our county would rather direct our troubled youth into a criminal catagory. I believe we all do control our destiny through the actions and decisions we make, Some need help seeing life in that light. What other option’s are we giving our kids? with todays culture, our youth see violence, drugs, gangs, homosexuality, and selfishness in a glorified manner! Not all of us come from fortunate house holds with strong morals conditioned through a good example, and could use a lil help from cummunity. How far are you willing to go? and or do you even care?


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