Read Shoaf plea agreement here: http://wvmetronews.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Shoaf-plea-agreement.pdf
Shoaf pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was taken away for a pre-sentencing review. The prosecution will recommend a 20-year sentence, while the defense will request that she be sentenced as a juvenile, which would likely mean a lighter penalty.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says, “Charges are pending against a second juvenile who is currently in custody in Monongalia County.” Officials are prevented by law from releasing the suspect’s name, but she is believed to be another one of Skylar’s classmates.
Shoaf’s guilty plea suggests a lesser charge and lighter sentence in return for her testimony against the second defendant.
Court documents offer no insight into the motive for the crime. On May 1, Skylar’s father said the only reason he could think of was that they ‘didn’t like her any more.’
WDTV reported that Dave Neese stated: ‘They didn’t like her anymore. That’s the only response I got.
UPDATE: The remains of Skylar Neese have been identified in Pennsylvania. Her badly decomposed body was found in a ditch about 20 miles west of Morgantown. She had been stabbed to death..Click here to read more.
UPDATE: 12/2012 – State Police Cpl. R. Gaskins said grand jury hearings were held in November and more could continue in the case.The purpose of the hearings is to obtain information formally and on the record, Gaskins said.
|Friends: Rachel Shoaf (right)
has confessed to stabbing
Skylar Neese (left) to death last summer
According to Equities, Gaskins said he could not divulge the names of the people who have been questioned or those they could question in the future, about the disappearance of Skylar.
Skylar Neese, 16, from Star City, W. Virginia was last seen on July 7, 2012. She had returned from Wendy’s and went to bed. She was gone the next morning.
Survellance footage from apartments near her home show Skylar climbing out of the window around midnight. She got into a car that was determined to belong to one of her friends.
The friend admitted to picking up Skylar, but said she dropper her off an hour later, down the street so the car did not wake anyone up. There is not footage of Skylar coming back.
Skylar is 5’4″ tall, 135 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes.
The Neese family is offering a $3,100 reward for information that leads to her safe return.
If you have any information about her whereabouts, please call the Star City Police Dept. at 304-599-3550.
Below is Skylar last tweets before she went missing: