Nicole Lovell Murder: Ex-Virginia Tech Student Natalie Keepers Convicted for Her Role in 13-Year-Old's Death
A jury found Keepers guilty of accessory before the fact of first-degree murder.
The 21-year-old woman accused of playing a role in the death of a Virginia teenager has been found guilty and faces life behind bars.
Tammy Lovell is still grappling with the 2016 murder of her daughter, Nicole, a vulnerable 13-year-old who was bullied at school over a scar on her throat from an emergency tracheotomy.
On her Facebook page, Nicole boasted about having a much older boyfriend, David Eisenhauer, a Virginia Tech track star.
In January 2016, Nicole slipped out of her room at about midnight and went to meet Eisenhauer in a wooded area. It would prove to be a date with death as the teenager was stabbed 15 times.
Eisenhauer called his friend, Natalie Keepers, and together they dumped the body on a rural road in North Carolina, according to police.
Last month, he pleaded no contest to murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
“I'm sorry for the pain my actions have caused Nicole Lovell and her family,” he said in court. “Nothing can ever undo what has been done and for that I am deeply, sincerely and forever sorry.”
Nicole’s distraught mother is not satisfied with his sentence, saying that she does not believe Eisenhauer is remorseful.
“I hope he doesn’t get out of jail," she told Inside Edition. "I hope someone treats him the way he treated my daughter."
On Thursday, a Virginia courtroom found Keepers guilty of accessory before the fact of first-degree murder.
Keepers will officially be sentenced in November, but a jury has recommended she serve 40 years in prison.
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