MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A 16-year-old Morgantown girl pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday, and another girl is facing charges in the stabbing death of a Star City teenager last summer.
Rachel Shoaf appeared Wednesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court after agreeing to plead as an adult, said U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld. She is in custody until sentencing.
The plea agreement offers no insight into the motive for the slaying but says Shoaf inflicted the fatal wounds on 16-year-old Skylar Neese, an honors student at University High school.
Neese's remains were found in Wayne Township, Pa., in January, about 30 miles from her family's home.
Prosecutors plan to recommend a 20-year sentence for Shoaf and indicate they will oppose any move to have her sentenced as a juvenile.
Shoaf's family issued a statement through Morgantown attorney David Straface, apologizing to Neese's family and saying they were shocked to learn of their daughter's involvement.
"There is no way to describe the pain that we, too, are feeling," they said. "We are truly sorry for the pain that she has caused the Neese family, and we know her actions are unforgiveable and inexcusable. Our daughter has admitted her involvement and she has accepted responsibility for her actions.
"Our hearts are broken for your loss, and we are still trying to come to terms with this event," they said. "We pray that we all will find peace in our hearts and the strength to move forward."
Shoaf's attorney declined further comment.