DENVER (Information) – A Colorado man was convicted on Monday of bludgeoning to dying his fiancée with a baseball bat final Thanksgiving and burning the younger mom’s physique, which has by no means been discovered, authorities stated.
Patrick Frazee, 32, seems in a reserving photograph offered by the Woodland Park Police Division in Woodland Park, Colorado, U.S., December 21, 2018. Woodland Park Police Division/Handout by way of Information
A jury in Teller County, Colorado, discovered Patrick Frazee responsible of first-degree homicide for the killing of Kelsey Berreth, Rob McCallum, a spokesman for the state judicial department, stated in a press release.
District Legal professional Dan Might, at a information convention following the decision, referred to as the killing “a brutal, grotesque, mindless homicide.”
Might stated the choose sentenced Frazee to the obligatory life time period with out parole plus an extra 156 years for his conviction on different expenses.
“Kelsey was a sort, great individual,” Might stated. “She didn’t deserve this.”
Prosecutors selected not search the dying penalty for Frazee, who was additionally discovered responsible of solicitation to commit homicide and tampering with a deceased human physique.
The Colorado public defender’s workplace, which represented Frazee, declined to remark.
Berreth, 29, was final seen Nov. 22, 2018 when a safety digicam captured her coming into a grocery retailer within the mountain city of Woodland Park, about 90 miles southwest of Denver, the place she lived together with her and Frazee’s then 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee.
Frazee was arrested and charged primarily based on statements by an Idaho nurse, Krystal Kenney, who additionally had a relationship with Frazee. Kenney, often known as Krystal Lee, instructed investigators Frazee tried to get her to kill Berreth, however she refused, in keeping with an arrest warrant affidavit.
Kenney, who testified at trial, stated Frazee instructed her he blindfolded Berreth and beat her within the head with a baseball bat and later burned her physique, the affidavit stated.
Searches of the ranch the place Frazee lived and of a close-by landfill failed to show up the sufferer’s stays, police stated.
Kenney, who stated she cleaned up Berreth’s townhouse at Frazee’s route, pleaded responsible in February to proof tampering and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as a part of a plea cut price. A sentencing date for her has not been set.
On the final day of trial, a former inmate on the Teller County jail testified that Frazee tried to get him to have his gang associates kill Kenney, the lead investigator within the case and a number of other different witnesses, native media reported.
A choose has awarded non permanent custody of Kaylee to her maternal grandparents, who’ve filed a federal wrongful dying lawsuit towards Frazee, claiming he killed their daughter to get sole custody of the woman.
Reporting by Keith Coffman; enhancing by Invoice Tarrant and Tom Brown