CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. — Krystal Lee Kenney was given her sentence Tuesday in connection with the 2018 murder of Kelsey Berreth.
Judge Scott Sells told Kenney her actions were “cold, calculated, and cruel.”
Kenney’s three-year stint in prison will be followed by a year of mandatory parole.
Kenney pleaded guilty to a felony charge of evidence tampering in February of 2019 as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Also as part of that deal, Kenney agreed to testify against Patrick Frazee.
In November, a Teller County jury found Frazee guilty on six felony counts in the murder of his fiancee, Kelsey Berreth, on Thanksgiving Day 2018. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
In court Tuesday, Kenney tearfully addressed the courtroom before hearing her sentence, even turning to look at Berreth’s family who sat close by. Through her tears, she said she knows that saying ‘sorry’ isn’t good enough.
The District Attorney’s office read a statement from Kelsey Berreth’s parents in court which described Kenney’s role in their daughter’s murder by saying “the only thing she didn’t do was swing the bat.”
During Kenney’s sentencing, her attorney played a video to the courtroom where family members and friends spoke on her behalf, describing Kenney as a good role model, someone who helped in her community, and who is loved by many.
A few of Kenney’s friends spoke in court asking the judge for a minimum sentence which, according to the plea deal she signed, could have been one year.
Kelsey Berreth’s father spoke and said although the video highlighted good things about Kenney, her actions show differently.
During a press conference after the sentencing, District Attorney Dan May said that he thinks the Berreth family can get “some closure.”
Dan May also said that if Kenney didn’t take the plea deal, she could have faced multiple charges, including accessory to murder and tampering with a deceased human body. With these charges, Kenney could have spent at least 28 years behind bars.
In court, she asked for probation and Dan May said she already got her deal in helping convict Frazee. The judge agreed, giving the maximum sentence of the plea deal which was three years.
Patrick Frazee recently filed to appeal his conviction, which May said that it would take years to go through the court system.
Berreth’s family has asked the judge to revoke Frazee’s parental rights for the young daughter the couple shared. They’re also creating an aviation scholarship in Berreth’s honor, so the former pilot can continue to make a positive impact in the community.
Kelsey Berreth’s body has yet to be found.