MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A Morgantown teenager was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the chance for parole in the slaying of her one-time best friend, who was lured from her home, stabbed to death and her body left in the woods.
Shelia Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder under an agreement with prosecutors in the July 2012 death of 16-year-old Skylar Neese. Eddy's trial was scheduled to start next week in Monongalia County Circuit Court.
After entering her plea, Judge Russell Clawges sentenced Eddy to life with mercy, meaning the 18-year-old would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
Under the agreement, a kidnapping charge and two counts of conspiracy were dropped.
Eddy, wearing glasses and an orange prison uniform with her hair pulled into a ponytail, was visibly upset upon entering the courtroom, and her voice broke when giving short answers to Clawges, who then asked her how she pleaded.
"Guilty," Eddy said, her voice cracking.
Eddy declined to address the court before sentencing.
The victim's father, David Neese, told the court that since the day of his daughter's disappearance, "my life and my wife's life have been drastically altered. We're no longer a family.
"You can look into the eyes of those who were responsible, but you can never know what they heard as they were taking her life."
After the hearing, Neese said it was "unacceptable" that Eddy didn't address the court or apologize for her actions.
Prosecutors said Eddy and another friend, Rachel Shoaf, lured Skyler Neese out of her ground-floor bedroom in Star City, drove her to a secluded spot near the unincorporated West Virginia community of Macdale, then stabbed her to death at an agreed-upon moment.