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Sheila Eddy Enters Guilty Plea in Skylar Neese Murder
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on January 24, 2014 @ 11:40PM
Created on January 24, 2014 @ 7:14PM

It's a day many people in the area and across the county have been waiting for.

A few days before her trial was scheduled to start, 18-year-old Sheila Eddy entered a guilty plea to first degree murder. Eddy is one of the teenagers investigators say stabbed and killed her best friend, 16-year-old Skylar Neese.
 
When asked by Judge Russell Clawges how she would plead, Eddy stood up and replied, "guilty".

Without the state having to present any evidence in the case, Eddy was convicted of first degree murder with her admission.

Skylar's family will now try to move on. Skylar's father Dave Neese said, "Thank god it's over. She's getting what she deserves."

Prosecutors said they had a strong case. They apparently had evidence that Eddy and her co-conspirator, Rachel Shoaf, picked up Skylar on July 6, 2012 at her home. Prosecutors claim the girls had kitchen knives concealed under their clothes and they also brought a shovel.

It took investigators a while to get to the bottom of what happened.

Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney Marcia Ashdown said, "Their stories hung together for a very long time until late in 2012 when one of the girls, Rachel Shoaf, added a component to her story that Sheila's story hadn't caught up to yet."

Eddy also asked to be sentenced on Friday. The judge handed down a life sentence with mercy; a deal prosecutors and the Neese family agreed to.

This means she'll be eligible for parole in 15 years, but there's no guarantee she'll ever be free.

Dave Neese addressed the courtroom on his daughter's behalf.

"We're no longer a family. The person sitting before you, Skylar's so called friend, took her away from us without any remorse or feelings," said Neese.

The defense refused to speak with media following the hearing. Many people believe justice has been served and they hope the guilty plea will help bring closure, but Skylar's father said that's far from possible because nothing can bring back his little girl.

"I don't think it'll ever be closed. My little girl is something you can't close. She just can't be closed," said Neese.

Rachel Shoaf has already pleaded guilty to second degree murder and she is awaiting sentencing.


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