Krystal Lee resentenced to 18 months in prison for role in Kelsey Berreth death

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Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 4:12 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Teller County judge re-sentenced the Idaho nurse to 18 months in prison for her role in the death of Woodland Park mom Kelsey Berreth. This will include time served and 1 year of parole following the end of her sentence.

Previous coverage of the sentence is below:

According to court documents obtained by 11 News, a Colorado judge has vacated Krystal Lee’s sentence.

According to court records obtained by 11 News, Thursday a Colorado judge said they believe the Teller County Court wrongly sentenced Krystal Lee outside of the maximum term limits.

Lee pleaded guilty to a tampering with evidence charge, a Class 6 felony and sentenced to three years in prison. According to the court papers filed in the Colorado Court of Appeals, they argue the maximum sentence, without aggravating factors, for a Class 6 felony is 18 months. The papers go on to say Lee says her aggravated sentence is unconstitutional.

In a phone call, Lee’s attorney, Dru Nielsen, told 11 News reporter Ashley Franco “She (Krystal) is serving an unconstitutional and unlawful sentence.”

The 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office would not comment on the matter Thursday night. They told 11 News they would have a statement no earlier than Friday morning.

The case will be sent back to the Teller County Court to have Lee re-sentenced.

Lee is serving her sentence at the Colorado Women’s Correctional Facility.

She took a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office in exchange for information on Kelsey Berreth’s death.

Lee told investigators Patrick Frazee had killed his fiance with a baseball bat on Thanksgiving day of 2018.

Click here to read previous coverage on the case.

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