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)

Ex-college student gets 50 years for slaying of girl, 13

June 27, 2018 - 7:28 am

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — 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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