Woman Who Made Up Fake Iraq Soldier Death Found Guilty, Sentenced Tuesday

The Grand Valley woman who made up a story about a fictitious soldier who died while fighting in Iraq worked out a plea agreement Tuesday with Mesa County prosecutors. Sarah Kenney, also known as Amber Kenney, faced the consequences of her actions in court and accepted the deal.

Sarah Kenney was charged with two counts of criminal impersonation. Against Judge David Bottgers wishes, she pleaded guilty to count one without consulting an attorney. Count two was dismissed. Judge Bottger continuously made sure that Kenney understood her case may not stand up in trial, and that she could have gotten off free of charges, but she continued her plea of guilty foregoing her right to have a formal trial.

Kenney's ordeal began in August when she concocted a fictional story which she told to a local radio station. In her story she claimed her fictitious husband, Michael Kenney had been killed fighting in Iraq.

Kenney has been sentenced to four years of supervised probation, 50 hours of community service, and she has to enter and complete mental health counseling.

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