Cumberland Times-News

December 3, 2012

Former FSU student pleads guilty to murder

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND —  Former Frostburg State University student Shanee Lynnette Liggins pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday in connection with the November 2011 stabbing death of FSUā€ˆstudent Kortneigh McCoy outside a Frostburg off-campus residence.

 State’s Attorney Michael Twigg recommended a sentence of 14 years of actual incarceration as part of a plea agreement. Conviction of second-degree murder carries a maximum prison term of 30 years and the sentencing guidelines are for a sentence of 10 to 20 years.

Judge W. Timothy Finan ordered a presentencing investigation. Sentencing is expected to take place in six to eight weeks.

Liggins, of Waldorf, was 23 at the time of the incident and was enrolled at FSU as a senior business major.

McCoy, 19, of Baltimore, died of multiple stab wounds after being taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Frostburg Police found her lying on the ground outside a Maple Street residence at about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 6, 2011.

McCoy, who was studying engineering at FSU, suffered fatal injuries when she became involved in an altercation with Liggins. The two women reportedly argued inside the residence before the fight took place outside.

Liggins was ordered to monitored home confinement at her family residence in Waldorf pending sentencing.