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

  • 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!!!

  • Amy

    I hope she gets no mercy and she is sentenced to the Max amount of time in prison... What she really should 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!!!

  • jay zoom

    William--I hope not. they both need to be hung by the rope until dead on the court house square and televised nationwide. maybe if this state had a death penalty some of this non-sense will stop.

    • Peace

      It wouldn't matter if WV had a death penatly. The US Supreme Court made it unlawful to give the death penatly to anyone who committed a death penatly crime as a juvenile.

      Rachel, if she gets the recommended 20 years, will be out in 10. If she gets the max 40, it will be 20.

      Shelia is eligible for parole in 15 years.

      • Shannon

        With Rachel getting 30 years she's eligible for parole the same time as Shelia eddy.if she'd get day for day on her sentence

  • WVcoal

    Having a daughter the same age as Skylar, I can't even imagine the pain her parents must still be enduring. Even if justice is served on the perpetrators, it offers no comfort to those who loved Skylar. God Bless Skylar and her loved ones.

  • taylor collins, preston co

    Dear lord, please serve justice upon these ladies who knew exactly what they were doing the moment they did this. They derserve the same thing done to them. that's justice. not see you on the streets to replay this again. There are no excuses at all. JUSTICE WILL SERVE YOU TODAY AND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

  • William

    She will be out of jail in less then 15 years!

    • MB

      It's "less than .."

    • WVU Mom

      She will get 20 years, be out in less than 10. She'll have a college degree courtesy of the state. She will still be able to live a normal life, get married, have children. I pray that she truly repents.