A woman pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence for interfering with police investigating the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, according to records made public today.

Kristen Price, 19, was originally charged as an accessory after the fact for helping her former boyfriend, Aaron McKinney, hide his bloody clothes.

On Friday she was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser charge and on Monday a judge sentenced her to 180 days in prison, 120 of which were suspended and the other 60 credited for time served.

Last week McKinney, 22, was convicted of murder and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison without chance of parole.

Price testified at McKinney's trial that he came home the night of the attack covered with blood and said he had robbed a man who made a pass at him.

Price's sentence closes a chapter in the attack on Shepard, 21, who was beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. McKinney's friend, Russell Henderson, who took part in the attack, is serving a life sentence and Henderson's girlfriend, Chasity Pasley, is serving from 18 to 24 months in prison for being an accessory.