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Patrick Frazee’s ex-girlfriend gets three years in prison in Kelsey Berreth murder case

first_imgDNY59/iStoc(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Krystal Lee, the ex-girlfriend of a man who murdered his fiancee, was sentenced to three years behind bars Tuesday — the maximum sentence possible — for helping dispose of evidence in the gruesome crime.“I’m sorry that my silence was mistaken for lack of remorse or sympathy,” Lee said in court Tuesday. “I’m sorry her family will live the rest of their life without her. I’m sorry Kaylee will live without a mother.”“I’m sorry that I did not save Kelsey,” she said.Lee’s sentence is in connection to the crimes of her ex-boyfriend Patrick Frazee, who was found guilty of killing his missing fiancee, Kelsey Berreth, in November. He was sentenced to life without parole plus 156 years.The star witness against Frazee during his dramatic trial was Lee — his ex-girlfriend with whom he later had an affair — who told the jury that Frazee called her to come to Berreth’s Colorado house to clean up the crime scene.Lee testified that Frazee beat the mother of his child to death with a baseball bat on Thanksgiving Day 2018 while the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, sat in a back room.“I saw blood all over the floor and blood all over the wall… on the floor there were bloody footprints,” she testified.Lee admitted to disposing of Berreth’s phone and pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence.Lee also claimed that Frazee had three prior plots for killing Berreth, including one that involved Frazee asking her to poison Berreth’s favorite Starbucks drink, a caramel macchiato, according to investigators. Lee claimed she and Frazee discussed potential drugs that were easy to access because Lee was a nurse, an investigator said.With over a dozen of Lee’s family and friends in the courtroom Tuesday, a witness on her behalf testified that Lee was not a killer and was also a victim of Frazee.But in court in November, Berreth’s mother, Cheryl Berreth, called Lee “an active participant in the murder — the only thing she didn’t do was swing the bat.”“Kaylee’s mommy would still be alive if Krystal would have gone to the authorities. As a nurse ethics require her to do no harm,” Cheryl Berreth said.“She chose to cover up the murder, only speaking out to save herself. She chose to clean up the mess,” Cheryl Berreth said. “We have seen no remorse for anything other than getting caught.”Kelsey Berreth’s body was never found.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Fire breaks out in Texas hotel as sprinkler system fails due to frozen pipes from winter storm

first_imgTHEGIFT777/iStockBY: ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC NEWS(KILLEEN, TX.) — A massive fire broke out in a hotel in Killeen, Texas, after the building’s sprinkler systems failed to work due to frozen pipes.On Friday night, the Killeen Fire Department arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Killeen to find “fire coming from the roof above the fourth floor of the four-story hotel,” according to a statement from the fire department.“Fire and police departments are currently working on a large structure fire at the Hilton Garden Inn. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA,” The Killeen Police Department wrote on Twitter at the time.Seven agencies responded to the fire and were able to control it just after midnight.“Firefighting efforts were hindered due to automatic sprinkler system being out of service because of frozen pipes,” the fire department said.The hotel was reportedly at full capacity at the time of the fire, and all 102 of its rooms were in use. The fire department transported some of the displaced guests to the Skyline Baptist Church after the incident, and the American Red Cross has been contacted to assist them, according to the statement.No firefighters were injured, the fire department said, adding that one occupant of the hotel was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released, and two occupants transported themselves to a local hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation.The fire came as the state continues to struggle with power outages and pipe bursts due to the extreme winter weather that hit this week. On Friday morning, there were still hundreds of thousands of Texas without power and millions still scrambling for drinking water.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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