The Times West Virginian

February 26, 2014

W.Va. teen to learn sentence in friend’s death


Associated Press

MORGANTOWN — A West Virginia teenager is due in court to learn her sentence for her role in her friend’s death.

Rachel Shoaf pleaded guilty last May to second-degree murder in the July 2012 death of 16-year-old Skylar Neese. Shoaf’s sentencing is set for Wednesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors have said they plan to recommend a 20-year prison sentence.

Co-defendant Shelia Eddy was sentenced last month to life in prison with the chance for parole after 15 years 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.