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

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

The Associated Press
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)
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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.