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Teen Gets Life Sentence In Skylar Neese Murder, Eligible For Parole After 15 Years

Reported: Jan. 24, 2014 4:20 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 24, 2014 11:48 PM EST
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A West Virginia teenager has received a life sentence in her friend's murder and will be eligible parole after 15 years.

Shelia Eddy was sentenced Friday was in the 2012 stabbing death of her one-time best friend, teenager Sklar Neese of Star City, whose photo accompanies this story. The court appearance came less than a week before her trial was scheduled to start in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

Eddy, 18, of Morgantown resident pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in September to one count each of first-degree murder and kidnapping, and two counts of conspiracy.

Neese was lured out of her house in July 2012, stabbed to death and hidden under some branches in woods just across the Pennsylvania border.

Prosecutors said Eddy and friend Rachel Shoaf plotted the murder, though the motive has never been revealed.

Shoaf pleaded guilty last May to second-degree murder and is awaiting sentencing.

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-- Photo is of murder victim Skylar Neese



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