Skip to main content

Co-accused in Anarae Schunk murder agrees plea-deal, will testify against ex


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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-28 at 12.20.52 PM

COVID-19 case rate drops in 75 of 87 Minnesota counties

Transmission levels are still high throughout Minnesota.


Man, 62, dies after his truck leaves road, hits tree

The Wisconsin man died after being airlifted to Regions Hospital.

pexels - beer buy fridge store liquor

Municipal liquor stores in 24 MN cities could be in jeopardy

These sites reported losses in two of the last three years, triggering a mandatory hearing.

Mats Zuccarello

2 Minnesota Wild players test positive for COVID-19

Both players will be unavailable Thursday night when the Wild face the expansion Kraken.

Target deals weekly ad - 10.31.2021

Target reveals first Black Friday deals, available next week

There are some steep discounts to be had, even though Black Friday is nearly a month away.

Screen Shot 2021-10-28 at 10.10.36 AM

'Dancing with the Stars: Live!' coming to Minnesota in February

The show's professional dancers will be at Mystic Lake.

Train derailment Fairmont screengrab

WATCH: Video shows terrifying moment train derails in Fairmont

A large chunk of the track appears to come off just before the derailment.


Grocery store beer sales? MN House hears nearly 30 proposals to update liquor laws

Calls to change the state's liquor laws grew louder during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Screen Shot 2021-10-28 at 7.57.25 AM

3 people found dead inside home in Farmington

Police were conducting a welfare check when they found three people dead inside the home.

Screen Shot 2021-10-28 at 7.26.58 AM

Headstones pushed over, smashed by vandals at cemetery in Alexandria

Police have released images of a vehicle they believe is connected to the case.


Puppies abandoned at Chaska golf course

It's illegal to abandon animals in Minnesota.