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Convicted killer pleads guilty to 2013 murder of U of M student

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A man serving a life sentence for a fatal shooting outside a Burnsville bar in 2013 has pleaded guilty to killing University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk a few hours later.

The body of the 20-year-old Schunk, of Rosemount, was found in a roadside ditch on Sept. 30, 2013, just over a week after her family reported her missing. She had been stabbed 22 times with a kitchen knife.

On Friday, the Dakota County Attorney's Office announced 33-year-old Shavelle Chavez-Nelson accepted a plea deal that will see him sentenced to a further 17 years after pleading guilty to second degree unintentional murder.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said Schunk's family supported the deal as they didn't want to go through a trial.

"Once again I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Anarae Schunk for their great loss," he said in the news release. "The negotiated settlement of this case was agreed upon with the support of Anarae’s family who had expressed a desire to negate any additional trauma to family and friends that may have resulted from a trial."

Schunk had been with Chavez-Nelson, her ex-boyfriend, and his girlfriend Ashley Conrade outside Nina's Bar and Grill in Burnsville when Chavez-Nelson shot 25-year-old Palagor Jobi to death – a killing for which he was sentenced to life without parole.

Schunk had told family and friends she was going to meet Chavez-Nelson to recover thousands of dollars she had loaned him, but after Jobi was killed, the three went back to Conrade's home in Rosemount where Schunk was repeatedly stabbed in the early hours of Sept. 22.

Conrade accepted a plea deal last year in which she pleaded guilty to helping her boyfriend cover up the two murders in exchange for testifying against him, with first and second degree murder charges against her dropped. She will serve 15 years in prison.

The Star Tribune reports Schunk had met Chavez-Nelson in the summer of 2012 and they dated for a while. He told her he was a hedge fund manager and even after she learned this was a lie, "she believed she could help him turn his life around."

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