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Charles Montaldo

Skylar Neese's Killer Gets 30 Years

By February 26, 2014

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The second teen accused of luring their friend from her home, stabbing her to death and leaving her body in the woods has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Rachel Shoaf entered a guilty plea in May 2013 to second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Skylar Neese.

Her codefendant, Sheila Eddy, was sentenced in January to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

During the sentencing hearing, Shoaf apologized for her actions.

"The person that did that was not the real me.... I became scared, caught up in something that I did not want to do," she told the court.

In Cold Blood

But Skylar's family wasn't buying the remorse.

"Rachel Shoaf murdered my daughter in cold blood," said Dave Neese. "She can take her apologies and sit on them."

The prosecution pointed out during the hearing that Eddy and Shoaf joked about killing Skylar in science class.

Shoaf, who is still 17, will remain in a juvenile facility until she is 18, when a hearing will be scheduled to determine in which state prison she will serve the remainder of her sentence.

Shoaf will be eligible for parole in 10 years, Eddy will be eligible in 15 years.

Background:
The Murder of Skylar Neese

Earlier Article:
Teen Gets Life in Skylar Neese Case

See Also:
W. Va. Girl Sentenced to 30 Years in Skylar Neese Death

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