UPDATE: A judge has sentenced David Eisenhauer to 50 years in prison for abducting and killing 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. It followed an emotional sentencing hearing that heard from Lovell’s family members, along with former high school teachers and a classmate of Eisenhauer.
PREVIOUS: CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) – A former Virginia Tech student convicted of killing a 13-year-old girl to hide his relationship with her is facing a lengthy prison sentence. A two-day sentencing hearing for David Eisenhauer is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Eisenhauer pleaded no contest in the 2016 stabbing death of Nicole Lovell, a 7th-grader from Blacksburg. Prosecutors said Eisenhauer told his alleged accomplice, Natalie Keepers, that he may have had sex with Lovell at a party, but couldn’t remember because he blacked out and woke up later in a ditch. Keepers is scheduled to stand trial in September on charges of being an accessory before the fact and concealing a body.
When Eisenhauer entered his plea in February, Judge Robert Turk said he faces a sentence of up to life, plus 15 years.