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Woman Accused of Burning Body Gets 5 Years to Life

Woman Accused of Burning Body Gets 5 Years to Life

Posted - Dec. 2, 2003 at 4:35 p.m.



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Karen Scullin ReportingThe woman accused of killing her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend is on her way to the Utah State Prison. Prosecutors say Sally Krivanek kidnapped and killed Kellie Nelson then burned her body in a pile of rubble off I-80.

Sally Krivanek cried as she expressed remorse to the Nelson family and to her own two children while in the courtroom to be sentenced. Krivanek will spend five years to life in prison for the murder of Kellie Nelson.

Investigators say Krivanek planned and carried out an elaborate scheme to murder Nelson, first waiting for Kellie Nelson to leave for work at five in the morning, likely using a taser gun to disable her, strangling her, then finally burning her body to try and destroy the evidence.

Krivanek has implied someone else was involved in the murder by emphasizing in her previous guilty plea that she was a "party" to the crime of murder. But prosecutors say she acted alone and has changed her story so many times they think she's just trying to hide her guilt.

Bob Stott, Prosecutor: “We led a full investigation. Believe me if anyone else was involved, we wanted to know that person more than anyone would. We never found any evidence, credible evidence, indicating that someone else was the perpetrator or that someone else was involved."

Today Nelson's father expressed the pain and sorrow that continues among family members, and that everyone lost a kind and gentle member of society. Sally Krivanek said she hopes the family can one day forgive her.

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