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Former Virginia Tech student gets 50 years for slaying of girl, 13

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Former Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer, right, stands with his attorneys, John Lichtenstein, left and Tony Anderson, center, as he reads a statement apologizing to the family of Nicole Lovell, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christianburg, Va. Eisenhauer convicted of fatally stabbing Lovell, a 13-year girl has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)
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In this Feb. 9 2018, file photo, David Eisenhauer answers questions from Judge Robert Turk while pleading no contest during a hearing in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christiansburg, Va. The parents of slain 13-year-old Nicole Lovell described their profound grief, while teachers of Eisenhauer, the former Virginia Tech student convicted of stabbing her to death, described him as a gentle person eager for acceptance. The testimony came during a sentencing hearing Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool, File)

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — A former Virginia Tech student has been ordered to spend 50 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old girl, apologizing to the girls’ family shortly before he was sentenced.

David Eisenhauer was an 18-year-old freshman engineering student when he developed a relationship with Nicole Lovell, a 7th-grade student from Blacksburg. Before a judge handed down the sentence Tuesday, Eisenhauer apologized.

He told the girl’s family he was “sorry for the pain” he caused.

A prosecutor says Eisenhauer and Lovell communicated online for months before meeting at least once in person. Authorities say they met again in January 2016, when Eisenhauer lured her from her family’s apartment and killed her because he was afraid she would expose their relationship.

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