Rachel Shoaf Sentenced to 30 Years
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 26, 2014 @ 1:37PM
Created on February 26, 2014 @ 10:58AM
Rachel Shoaf, one of the two teenagers convicted in the murder of Skylar Neese, was sentenced to 30 years in Monongalia County Circuit Court on Wednesday morning. She will be eligible for parole in 10 years.
Shoaf, along with Sheila Eddy, admitted to killing Skylar Neese two years ago.
Shoaf's defense team requested that Shoaf, 17, be sentenced as a juvenile. They told the court that Shoaf has been receiving psychological treatment. The judge denied that request. However, Shoaf will remain in a juvenile facility for now. A hearing will be scheduled before her 18th birthday to decide where she'll be located after that.
In court, Shoaf apologized, saying "The person that did that was not the real me." She went on to say "I became scared caught up in something that I did not want to do". The prosecution, however, replied with claims that "the two girls joked about killing Skylar in science class."
Dave Neese, Skylar's father, asked the judge to give Shoaf a 40 year sentence. Skylar's uncle also addressed the court, and requested Shoaf be given the maximum sentence.
"Rachel Shoaf murdered my daughter in cold blood," said Dave Neese. "She can take her apologies and sit on them."
Shoaf was supposed to be a key witness in Sheila Eddy's murder trial, but a trial was avoided when Eddy pleaded guilty to first degree murder on January 24th. Eddy was sentenced to life in prison with mercy, which means she'll be eligible for parole in 15 years.
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