Ex-girlfriend of murderer sentenced for lying to police
By: Hendrik Sybrandy, FOX31 Denver
A woman who gave police a fake alibi for a murderer will spend the next two months in jail. 23-year-old Kerry Humphrey was sentenced Thursday for lying to investigators to protect Travis Forbes, her then-boyfriend.
Forbes is serving life in prison for the murder of Kenia Monge last year.
“She was very smug, she was flip, she was giggling,” said prosecutor Kerri Lombardi of Humphrey’s demeanor during several police interviews last year. “It was not serious in the least bit. She came across as lying.”
During those interviews, Humphrey wrongly told investigators Forbes was with her in April, 2011 on the night Monge disappeared.
At her Denver District Court sentencing, Humphrey told a judge she didn’t lie to cover up a murder or to derail an investigation.
She said she complied with Forbes’ request for an alibi because she loved him and couldn’t imagine that he’d done something wrong.
But prosecutors said Humphrey lied repeatedly and had shown no remorse. And Monge’s parents said she kept them hoping, needlessly, that their daughter was still alive.
“We’re talking about almost a month that she had the police spinning their wheels, that she had the authorities not being able to do anything because her lies were stopping them,” said Tony Lee, Monge’s stepfather.
Although Humphrey will have to perform two thousand hours of community service, Lee said two years in jail would have better fit the crime.
“I’m not happy with that sentence, I’m not happy at all,” he said. “Two years would have been appropriate in my opinion.”