The girlfriend of the man accused of killing University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk will testify against him after striking a plea deal with prosecutors.
Ashley Conrade, 25, will testify against her boyfriend Shavelle Chavez-Nelson in exchange for pleading guilty to helping him coverup two murders, which will see her serve 15 years in prison, the Star Tribune reports.
As a result, she will avoid the charges she had been facing of first and second degree murder, according to KARE 11, pleading guilty instead to the lesser charges of two counts of aiding an offender after the fact in two murders
Schunk, 20, of Rosemount, went missing in September 2013 after being with Chavez-Nelson and Conrade at a Burnsville bar, having told family and friends she was going to meet Chavez-Nelson – her ex – to recover thousands of dollars she had loaned him.
She was with them when Chavez-Nelson fatally shot Palagor Jobi in the parking lot of Nina's Bar & Grill in Burnsville, before returning to Conrade's house in Rosemount, where she was stabbed 22 times with a kitchen knife. Her body was found in a roadside ditch eight days later.
Chavez-Nelson was convicted of killing 23-year-old Jobi in September and is currently serving life in prison.