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Man sentenced to 30 years after pleading guilty to murdering Fort Collins woman Kimberlee Graves

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Posted at 7:21 AM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 09:23:51-05

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the death of a woman whose body was found in Lory State Park.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports 31-year-old Khalid White was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to the second-degree murder of Kimberlee Graves.

Larimer County prosecutors had agreed to drop seven felony charges in exchange for White's plea.

Graves, 41, went missing on the evening of Dec. 4, 2017 from her Fort Collins home on Akin Avenue. Her friends called police when they weren’t able to find her. When police arrived at her home, nobody answered the door and her car was gone, Fort Collins police said.

On Dec. 10, her friends called police again to report that Graves’s home had been ransacked.

Three days later, police found her vehicle abandoned in a parking garage at College Avenue and Mulberry Street.

About a month later, on Jan. 9, 2018, police found Graves’s body in Lory State Park. Investigators determined her death was a homicide.

White, who was 30 at the time, was arrested in connection to the case on Dec. 17. Police learned early in the investigation that they knew each other. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Dec. 14 after he missed a probation violation.

At the time of his arrest, he had several items that belonged to Graves in his possession, police said.

The Larimer County Coroner's Office determined that Graves had died from blunt-force trauma and strangulation.