Education / Virginia

Student sentenced to 45 years, convicted of student slaying

Jessica Michelle Ewing enters the court room on the day of her sentencing in Christiansburg Va. Monday, June 1 2015. Ewing, a former Virginia Tech student, was sentenced to a prison term of 45 years for the 2014 murder of fellow student Samanata Shrestha. Judge Robert Turk sentenced to Ewing to 80 years on first degree murder and five years on transporting and concealing a body. After Ewing serves 45 years, the rest will be suspended, Turk ruled. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Jessica Michelle Ewing enters the court room on the day of her sentencing in Christiansburg Va. Monday, June 1 2015. Ewing, a former Virginia Tech student, was sentenced to a prison term of 45 years for the 2014 murder of fellow student Samanata Shrestha. Judge Robert Turk sentenced to Ewing to 80 years on first degree murder and five years on transporting and concealing a body. After Ewing serves 45 years, the rest will be suspended, Turk ruled. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia Tech student and Corps of Cadets member was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the 2014 killing of a fellow student.

The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1GiuHs7 ) reports Judge Robert Turk sentenced Jessica Michelle Ewing to 80 years for first-degree murder in the death of Samanata Shrestha. Court documents say Ewing’s sentence will be suspended in 2060 and she’ll be put on probation for 20 years after her release.

Ewing was accused of killing Shrestha in February 2014 when the two planned a “date night.” In court, Ewing testified she strangled Shrestha with a chokehold. Shrestha’s body was found in the back seat of her Mercedes.

In Monday’s testimony, Ewing says she dealt with depression.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

 

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