CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (KKTV) - In a trial that has garnered national attention, a man was found guilty in the murder of Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth. The jury reached the decision just hours after the closing arguments for defendant Patrick Frazee on Nov. 18.
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Patrick Frazee was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 156 years. He remained in the Teller County Detention Center, his home since his December 2018 arrest, for about three weeks after his verdict before finally being transferred the week of Dec. 9. As of Dec. 12, 11 News has confirmed Frazee is currently in the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, a typical stop for convicts en route to prison. Frazee will be evaluated at the center and then given his prison assignment.
Frazee showed no reaction to the verdict, while Berreth’s family sobbed and hugged one another.
Jurors took four hours after closing arguments to reach their decision.
Frazee was found guilty of the following charges:
1. Felony first-degree murder after deliberation GUILTY
2. Class 2 felony first-degree murder after deliberation, with solicitation GUILTY
3. Felony first-degree murder GUILTY
4. Class 2 felony first-degree murder after deliberation, with solicitation GUILTY
5. Class 2 felony first-degree murder after deliberation, with solicitation GUILTY
6. Tampering with a deceased human body GUILTY
7. Violent crime causing death GUILTY
8. Violent crime using a weapon GUILTY
Berreth was last seen publicly on surveillance footage on Nov. 22, 2018. To date, her remains have not been found.
Frazee's alleged girlfriend, Idaho nurse Krystal Lee, came forward and told investigators Frazee killed Berreth in her Woodland Park condo. Lee told law enforcement on Thanksgiving, Frazee blindfolded Berreth while she was sniffing candles and beat her on the back of the head with a baseball bat.
"We did a deal with the devil," 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May said about Lee. "But there's no question, Kelsey wouldn't have had justice today without making that deal."
Lee's next court appearance is slated for Dec. 2 for a review hearing. Dan May did not comment on how long her sentence should be. She took a plea deal in exchange for information on how Frazee killed Berreth.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 11-DAY TRIAL
-Days 1-3: Members of both Frazee's family and Berreth's family took the stand to testify against Frazee.
-Days 4-5: Idaho nurse Krystal Lee testified who allegedly had an affair with Frazee spanning a decade. She was considered by many the prosecution's star witness. She claims Frazee asked her multiple times to kill Berreth. She also provided the details on how she says Frazee killed Berreth and disposed of the body. She explained her affair with Frazee, stating she was pregnant with Frazee's child a couple years ago before having an abortion.
-Day 6: An agent for the FBI talked more about what was believed to be a human tooth found in a burn pile on Frazee's property. It was found in an area where Lee claimed Berreth's remains were burned. The tooth was destroyed through DNA testing. A close friend of Frazee testified stating Frazee told him, "I figured out how to kill Kelsey." The friend said he told Frazee to stop messing around and Patrick allegedly responded, "no body no crime."
-Day 7-10: We heard from law enforcement officials in the case. On Day 10, Patrick Frazee's alleged prison friend took the stand. The friend claimed Frazee asked him to kill all of the witnesses in the trial.
-Day 11: Closings
- Nov. 22, 2018: Kelsey Berreth was last seen in public on surveillance footage at a Woodland Park grocery store.
- Nov. 25, 2018: Berreth's cell phone pinged in Gooding, Idaho. Police released this information to the public on Dec. 7.
- Dec. 14, 2018: Police execute a search warrant at Frazee's home.
- Dec. 15, 2018: Authorities offer a $25,000 reward for information on the case.
- Dec. 21, 2018: Frazee arrested
- Dec. 22, 2018: Authorities in Idaho announced they discovered possible evidence in the case
- Dec. 27, 2018: A judge ruled the 1-year-old child Berreth and Frazee share would remain in physical custody of Berreth's parents.
- Oct. 28, 2019 the trial for Patrick Frazee started