Woman sentenced for violating parole after fraud

A former Clifton resident who made up a tale about her husband being killed in combat in Iraq pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to violating terms of probation.

Sarah Kenney, 29, initially pleaded guilty in 2005 to a felony charge of criminal impersonation to gain a benefit. In March 2008, authorities issued a warrant for Kenney for failing to show for three probation meetings and for not completing court-ordered mental health evaluations.

Kenney on Tuesday was sentenced to two years probation, which she can serve in Weld County, where she now lives. She was also sentenced to 60 hours community service.

Kenney drew national attention in her first case after widely published claims of her husband’s death were proved false in February 2005.

A Grand Junction man who is expected to plead guilty in the case of dragging a dog to death appeared in Mesa County District Court in another case Tuesday.

Before 38-year-old Steven Clay Romero was accused of dragging “Buddy” the dog to death on Colorado National Monument on Dec. 30, he was arrested on charges of possessing methamphetamine and a firearm at a local hotel. Romero on Tuesday agreed to waive his right to speedy trial in that case. He is scheduled to reappear in District Court May 5.

Romero currently is in federal custody.


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