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Morgantown teen gets 30 years for friend’s murder

 

Dominion Post photo by Ron Rittenhouse Rachel Shoaf enters Judge Russell Clawges’ courtroom Wednesday, where she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Skylar Neese.
Dominion Post photo by Ron Rittenhouse
Rachel Shoaf enters Judge Russell Clawges’ courtroom Wednesday, where she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Skylar Neese.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday, Feb. 26, for the murder of Skylar Neese.

Shoaf will be eligible for parole after 10 years.

She previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and the plea agreement recommended a sentenced of 20 years. However, Monongalia Circuit Court Judge Russell Clawges sentenced her to 10 additional years.

“I hurt the Neese family, as well as Skylar,” Shoaf said during her sentencing.

Shoaf testified that she was sorry for her actions and said no words could describe the remorse she was feeling. Her attorney said that she had accepted full and complete responsibility for her actions.

However, Skylar’s father Dave Neese said Shoaf could take her apologies and “sit on them.”

“Rachel Shoaf also murdered my daughter in cold blood,” he said.

Shoaf and co-conspirator Shelia Eddy picked up Neese from her Star City home in July 2012. The three drove to Pennsylvania, where Eddy and Shoaf attacked and stabbed Neese to death. They left her body in a wooded area, and it wasn’t until Shoaf confessed that the remains were discovered.

Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with mercy. She will be eligible for parole after 15 years…

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