UPDATE: Rachel Shoaf sentenced to 30 years in prison. More from emotional sentencing coming up at wvmetronews.com.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The second teenager convicted in the murder of Star City resident Skylar Neese is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday morning in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

Rachel Shoaf, 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last May in the death of Neese. The prosecution will recommend a 20-year sentence, while the defense will request Shoaf be sentenced as a juvenile, which would likely mean a lighter penalty.

As part of the plea agreement, Shoaf had agreed to testify against Shelia Eddy, 18, at trial. Last month, Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

An honor student at University High, Neese disappeared July 6, 2012, after sneaking out the bedroom window of her parent’s apartment in Star City to meet up with Eddy and Shoaf. When she did not return home and failed to show up at her job at Wendy’s the next day, authorities presumed Neese had run away. However, her parents immediately suspected foul play.

Authorities claim Eddy and Shoaf drove Neese to Greene County, Pa., about 30 miles west of Morgantown, where they coordinated the fatal stabbing with kitchen knives and tried to bury her body. Instead, they covered Neese’s body with branches in a ditch, where it remained undiscovered until Shoaf led police back to the scene seven months later.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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Comments

  • Dianna

    Maybe they will get washed out In prison cause neither one of these girl's deserve to live or breath anymore air.So sorry Skylar for having friends like those.RIP Skylar they will pay

  • weldev

    when munching rug goes way too far

  • weldev

    that dateline i just watched was disturbing. what a waste of life all around...that was supposed to have been your friend wow..have fun in prison im sure youll have plenty of rug to munch in there #hopeyouneverseethelightofday.

  • griff

    they should both ROT in prison. never to be on the streets again

  • Funky

    Lots of religious folks in here.

  • Marisa

    I also don't know why this one got 30 years and the other got life but up for parole in 15 years. Makes no sense.

    • mom213122

      This one cooperated and recieved more time basically than the other one??? How much since did that make??? Why not give them the same amount of time?? I agree that life should have been appropriate for both but really?? Two did the crime, two should be given the same time.

      • Olivia

        Shelia Eddy's was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. "Possibility" is the key word here. She'll be eligible for parole in 15 years, but that absolutely does not mean she'll get it. And she probably won't.

  • Marisa

    They both should be put away for life with no chance at walking out free again! These girls are sick and I hope they get the crap beat out of them on the daily!

  • Missy

    So sad ppl are messed up these days I hope they give her life in jail don't b easy on her Bc they wasent easy on skylar I feel so bad for the family this is heart breaking my heart goes to the parents and family of skylars

  • wvgirl

    These 2 girls need to never walk on this earth again. They need to suffer like they made skylar suffer. With having my own child. This would be something you will never get over. May some one give them what they deserve to die a slow death like they did to her

  • Lori

    Why is this hearing not via live feed like Eddy's?

    • Me

      because Rachel is a juvenile. Not 18 yet

  • Charlotte

    Does anyone know why the sentencing hearing is not being done via live feed like Shelia Eddy's was?

  • Kathy

    Three families lives shattered all because of the decisions made by these two girls. Let this be a lesson to every one think before you act.
    what ever their reason.... was it all worth it ..couldn't it have been worked out ..they will do time but does it bring Skylar back ..NO !! does it help ease the pain all 3 families must be feeling NO!!! God be with all 3 families as they get sentenced ! Especially the Neese family!!! they have endure Hell for years and now it still wont bring their baby back
    God be with you Dave and Mary as you endure a life time of pain! Know that you do have people that care

  • Dustin

    Her body was just a couple miles from Clay-Battelle High school, it was barely across the state line. You can drive to the very spot and see the memorial that has been set up. It is a 25 minute drive from Star City where Neese was from. Closer to 20 miles not 30.

  • jay zoom

    love you Amy

  • Amy

    I hope she gets no mercy and she is sentenced to the Max amount of time in prison... What she really deserves is death,To bad Wv doesn't carry the death penalty...Just because she come out and told and "helped"and told what happened, she only did it for her benefit..She is evil and the whole thing makes me sad, mad and sick what those two evil girls did!!!