Colorado court orders new sentencing for Idaho nurse imprisoned in connection with Kelsey Berreth’s murder Feb 18, 2021 A Colorado appeals court on Thursday ordered a new sentencing for an Idaho woman imprisoned in connection with the murder of Kelsey Berreth, who was killed by her fiancé in her Woodland Park condo on Thanksgiving Day in 2018. Krystal Lee Kenney, 34, took a plea deal after being accused of plotting to kill Berreth and of cleaning up the murder scene. She pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence and admitted that she drove Berreth’s cell phone from Colorado to Idaho and disposed of it at Patrick Frazee’s request. [..] Kenney lost a bid for parole last year, and her attorney has argued that her sentence was too long. A three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals agreed, ordering the case to be returned to 4th Judicial District Court Judge Scott Sells for resentencing. Appeals Judge Neeti Pawar wrote the opinion. Judges David Richman and Lino Lipinsky concurred. “She’s serving an unconstitutional sentence,” her attorney, Dru Nielsen, told The Colorado Sun. “The judge did not have the ability to sentence her up to three years. There is no basis for aggravation.” Kenney’s original sentence has been nullified because, according to Thursday’s appeals court ruling, “the district court erroneously sentenced her outside the maximum term.” Kenney is being held at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. [..] Kenney, a former nurse, received the maximum sentence of three years in prison on Jan. 27, 2020, followed by one year of mandatory parole. So far she has served 13 months of that three-year term. The maximum, without the aggravating factors, is now 18 months. [..] But Sells told Kenney that what she did was “… cold, calculating and cruel.” Sells added: “Simply saying I’m sorry is not enough. You made an ongoing, multi-day effort to tamper with evidence that spanned hours and hours and hundreds of miles.” Nielsen said that statement constituted aggravating factors for Sells when he sentenced her client. “There is no basis for aggravation,” Nielsen said.