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Lesbian couple pleads guilty to faking hate crime

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Aimee Whitchurch, Christel Conklin

Aimee Whitchurch, Christel Conklin

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – Two women who claimed to be the victims of an anti-gay hate crime in Parker last year have pleaded guilty to false reporting.

In October 2011, Aimee Whitchurch, 37, and Christel Conklin, 29, told authorities that vandals spray-painted “Kill the Gay” on their garage and left a noose on their doorstep.

In television interviews, both women said they felt the incidents were in retaliation for disputes they were having with their Homeowner’s Association and neighbors.

“Through the investigation and from witness statements, it was determined that allegations of the incident were false,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cocha Hedyen. “Detectives were able to determine that the two women involved were responsible for the words that were spray painted on the garage and the placement of the noose on their own front door.”

Whitchurch and Conklin received 12 months supervised probation and 24 hours of community service. There will be a future hearing regarding restitution.

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