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UPDATE: Second Teen Sentenced for Killing Friend

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/26/14 @ 12:40 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia teenager has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in her friend's death.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Shoaf apologized before being sentenced Wednesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

She pleaded guilty last May to second-degree murder in the July 2012 death of 16-year-old Skylar Neese.

The Associated Press reports Judge Russell Clawges ordered Shoaf to serve her sentence in a state prison. She'll remain in a juvenile facility until her 18th birthday.

Co-defendant Shelia Eddy was sentenced Jan. 24 to life in prison with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

Neese was lured from her home, stabbed to death and her body left in the woods. Prosecutors never divulged a motive. Shoaf told police the girls no longer wanted to be friends with Neese.



UPDATE 1/24/14 @ 4:39 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia teenager has been sentenced to life in prison with the chance for parole in the stabbing death of her one-time best friend.

Shelia Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder under a plea agreement in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

Judge Russell Clawges on Friday sentenced Eddy to life with mercy, meaning the 18-year-old Morgantown woman would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Under the plea agreement, a kidnapping charge and two counts of conspiracy were dropped.

Star City 16-year-old Skylar Neese was lured out of her house in July 2012, stabbed to death and her body hidden across the Pennsylvania border.

Prosecutors say Eddy and friend Rachel Shoaf plotted the murder, though the motive has never been revealed. Shoaf awaits sentencing.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/24/14 @ 3:57 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia teenager has agreed to plead guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of her one-time best friend.

Shelia Eddy entered into the plea agreement Friday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. Her trial was scheduled to start next week.

Under the agreement, prosecutors recommended mercy, meaning that the 18-year-old Morgantown resident would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years. In return for Eddy's plea, a kidnapping charge and two counts of conspiracy will be dropped.

Star City teen Skylar Neese was lured out of her house in July 2012, stabbed to death and her body hidden across the Pennsylvania border.

Prosecutors say Eddy and friend Rachel Shoaf plotted the murder, though the motive has never been revealed. Shoaf awaits sentencing.


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