She Thought It Was a Date. There Was Only Murder

David Eisenhauer gets 50 years in Nicole Lovell's slaying
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2018 10:30 AM CDT
Man Gets 50 Years for Killing 13-Year-Old on 'Secret Date'
Tami Weeks-Dowdy, mother of Nicole Lovell, takes the stand in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christiansburg, Va., on Tuesday.   (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)

A man described by his alleged accomplice as a "sociopath" following his arrest for the killing of a 13-year-old Virginia girl will serve 50 years behind bars. Convicted in February of the 2016 murder of Nicole Lovell following no contest pleas, David Eisenhauer, 21, was sentenced Tuesday to 60 years for first-degree murder, 10 years for abduction, and five years for concealing a body. The sentences are to run consecutively, with the last 25 years suspended. Eisenhauer will then be subject to 20 years of probation, reports the Roanoke Times. Before the sentence was heard, Eisenhauer read from a written statement, apologizing "for the pain my actions have caused for Nicole Lovell and her family." Prosecutors described some of that pain, including the moment Eisenhauer fatally cut Nicole's throat with a knife on Jan. 27, 2016.

Then a freshman studying engineering at Virginia Tech, Eisenhauer had struck up a relationship with the seventh-grader before deciding to conceal it by killing her. On the night of her death, Lovell climbed out her bedroom window and into Eisenhower's car expecting a "secret date," but instead she received 14 stab wounds, including the one to her neck, in a wooded area, per the AP. According to prosecutors, Eisenhauer then moved Lovell's body with help from fellow Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers, 20, who will face charges of accessory before the fact and concealing a body in a trial beginning Sept. 17. A psychiatrist who reviewed Keepers' psychological exam and interviews with police describes her as "the mastermind" who encouraged Eisenhauer to kill for "the thrill of it," per the Times, though Keepers has said Eisenhauer feared Lovell was pregnant. (Read more murder stories.)

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