BREAKING: David Eisenhauer sentenced for the murder of Nicole Lovell

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UPDATE @ 4:24PM 

David Eisenhauer has been sentenced to 50 years for the murder and abduction of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. 


EARLIER POST:

Victim impact statements continued this afternoon in a Montgomery County courtroom where David Eisenhauer will be sentenced for the death of Nicole Lovell. 

Eisenhauer was an 18-year-old freshman engineering student at Virginia Tech when he developed a relationship with Nicole Lovell, a 7th grade student from Blacksburg. 

The parents of the slain 13-year-old girl described their profound grief while teachers of the former VT student convicted of stabbing her to death described him as a gentle person eager for acceptance. 

Eisenhauer's lawyers called two teachers and a former classmate of his from Yakima, Washington, where he lived before moving to Columbia, Maryland, with his family. 

Both teachers from the Riverside Christian School said he was a smart and kind student, but appeared to have trouble following social cues. 

Kathryn Anne Stoothoff, who taught Eisenhauer in a 10th grade English class and a bible class said he was bright but, "needed clear rules to be successful."  She said he would "follow someone off a cliff if they convinced him it was the right thing to do."

During his trial, prosecutor Mary Pettitt told the jury that Eisenhauer killed Lovell because he feared his relationship with her would be exposed. Pettitt said they had communicated online for months, then met in person.

Natalie Keepers, who prosecutors say was Eisenhauer’s accomplice, told police Eisenhauer was worried the then-13-year-old Lovell could be pregnant. Keepers said Eisenhauer told her he may have had sex with Lovell at a party, but couldn’t remember because he blacked out and later woke up in a ditch.

Keepers is set to stand trial in September on charges of being an accessory before the fact and concealing a body.  

Lovell's body was found just over the state line in North Carolina.  A medical examiner testified that she had 14 stab wounds, including a lethal wound to her neck. 

For clips of today's testimony from ABC-13 WSET, click HERE


ORIGINAL STORY 

Former Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer appeared in a Montgomery County courtroom today for sentencing.  Two days have been set aside for the sentencing.   

He was found guilty of all charges in February of killing 13-year-old Nicole Lovell.  He originally pleaded no contest to murder, kidnapping and concealing a dead body charges in the case.

Lovell’s mother, father and grandfather appeared in court this morning to give victim impact statements.  

David Lovell, Nicole’s father, said he has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder.  He also stated that he has been on medications that he takes on a daily basis and that he finds it hard to be around children now because it makes him think of his daughter.  "There is nothing that will happen in this courtroom that will fix it," he stated.

Nicole’s mother, Tammy Weeks-Dowdy, said she spent what would have been Nicole’s birthday at her grave.

Lovell’s grandfather says he has not been able to go into her room since she died and that he visits her grave daily.  She also said she sees a grief counselor and still has trouble sleeping. 

Eisenhauer faces up to life, plus 15 years in prison.

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