Idaho woman linked to accused murderer Patrick Frazee pleads guilty

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CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (KKTV/AP) — On Friday, Krystal Lee pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, a class 6 felony.

Image courtesy Colorado Springs Police via KKTV

11 News has confirmed that Lee, aka Krystal Kenney, said she "moved the victim's cell phone" in Idaho.

According to the judge, Lee's sentence could be anywhere from 12 to 18 months in prison, community corrections, or probation.

The sentencing will not occur until sentencing for people charged in the case is completed, which "could be 6 months from now or 2 years from now."

Lee is scheduled to back in court on June 24th at 11 a.m.

11 News will update this article as more information becomes available.

From The Associated Press
CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) - The Latest on the case of the death of a missing Colorado woman (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

A woman will testify against the Colorado man accused of killing his fiance after admitting that she moved a cellphone to try to thwart investigators.

Thirty-two-year-old Krystal Kenney of Hansen, Idaho pleaded guilty Friday to tampering with evidence connected to the death of Kelsey Berreth, who was last seen on Thanksgiving.

Berreth's fiance, Patrick Frazee, is charged with murder and solicitation of murder in the 29-year-old woman's death.

In a statement in court, Kenney said she learned that Frazee had killed someone.

Kenney says she moved "the victim's cellphone" in the days after Thanksgiving to keep it from law enforcement.

Police have not found Berreth's body but have said evidence suggests she was killed at her home in a mountain town near Colorado Springs.

Authorities have not disclosed the nature of the relationship between Kenney and Frazee.

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9:40 a.m.

A woman has pleaded guilty to a charge that she tampered with evidence connected to the disappearance of a Colorado woman and has agreed to testify against the man charged with killing her.

Krystal Jean Lee Kenney entered the plea Friday to the charge related to the death of Kelsey Berreth, who was last seen on Thanksgiving.

Prosecutors in December charged Berreth's fiance, Patrick Frazee, with murder and solicitation of murder in the 29-year-old woman's death.

Kenney is from Hansen, Idaho and has agreed to testify against Frazee. She will be sentenced after Frazee's trial and after anyone else prosecuted.

Police have not found Berreth's body but have said evidence suggests she was killed at her home in a mountain town near Colorado Springs on or around Thanksgiving.

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BACKGROUND (KKTV) --
Krystal Lee, an Idaho woman linked to murder suspect Patrick Frazee, is scheduled to be in court Friday morning in Teller County.

Lee is facing a charge of tampering with evidence.

Police believe Patrick Frazee killed his fiancee. Kelsey Berreth. She was last seen alive on Nov. 22, 2018 on surveillance video at the Woodland Park Safeway. Her body has not been found.

Krystal Lee is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 Friday morning. The 4th Judicial District said the case was sealed, so all we know right now is that the 32-year-old is accused of tampering with evidence between Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.

Woodland Park Police said Berreth's cell phone pinged on Nov. 25th in Gooding Idaho. That's about 35 miles outside the city of Twin Falls where Lee was a nurse. That was about three days after Berreth was last seen.

A Twin Falls, Idaho couple, Joe and Patty Rockstahl, talked to our sister station KMVT about their connection to Lee.

The Rockstahl's said one of their employees came to them in October, and said that a man had asked her best friend to kill the mother of his child. That best friend was later identified as Lee.

The Rockstahls told CBS News that their employee told them Frazee threatened Lee, saying "little girls go missing off the playground all the time."

Patty Rockstahl says she connected the dots a month and a half later after watching Berreth's mother plead for help finding her daughter.

On Dec. 17, Patty Rockstahl called the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.



 
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