CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — The key witness against a Colorado rancher convicted of killing his fiancee will be sentenced next month for tampering with evidence in the case.
A judge on Monday set the sentencing hearing for Krystal Lee for Jan. 28.
The former Idaho nurse reached a plea deal with prosecutors requiring her to testify against Patrick Frazee in Kelsey Berreth’s death. She faces up to three years in prison for taking Berreth’s cellphone back to Idaho to try to make it look like Berreth had left Colorado.
Lee, who previously went by her maiden name Kenney, lives near Kimberly and worked at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center before her arrest.
Berreth’s body has never been found. Lee testified that Frazee told her that he beat her to death with a baseball bat and that she cleaned up the crime scene. She also said Frazee tried to get her to kill Berreth herself three times.
Frazee was sentenced to life in prison without parole Nov. 18 after a jury convicted him of Bereth’s death. He was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges after the jury deliberated four hours. Less than an hour later, a judge sentenced him to the life term, plus 156 years, the mandatory sentence after prosecutors previously decided not to seek the death penalty.
“Your actions were vicious, senseless, without reason or explanation,” Judge Scott Sells told Frazee.
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