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Woman Sentenced for Role in Attack

May 22, 1999 GMT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) _ The girlfriend of a man who pleaded guilty to killing gay college student Matthew Shepard was sentenced Friday to up to two years in prison for helping to cover up evidence in the killing.

Chasity Vera Pasley, 20, cried repeatedly as she was sentenced to 15 months to two years in prison for being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Pasley said she was sorry for helping to dispose of bloody clothing her boyfriend, Russell Henderson, wore during the Oct. 7 attack on Shepard, 21.

Authorities said Henderson and Aaron McKinney, both 21, posed as homosexuals and lured Shepard out of a bar before taking him to a remote area, pistol-whipping him and leaving him tied to a fence in the cold. He died five days later.

Pasley faced up to three years in prison.

``I needed to face up to what I did,″ Pasley said during her sentencing hearing. ``I can’t bring him back. I’m sorry.″

Pasley was one of two women accused of helping McKinney and Henderson dispose of Henderson’ bloody clothes.

Henderson pleaded guilty last month to kidnapping and felony murder and was sentenced to consecutive life prison terms. McKinney has pleaded innocent and is scheduled to stand trial in August. He faces the death penalty if convicted of murder.

Kristen LeAnn Price, 19, was McKinney’s girlfriend. She also was charged with being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, but her trial has been delayed.