Alexander Stevens, Megan Shaffer

Alexander Stevens/Megan Shaffer

It's been nearly eight weeks since a 12-member jury found Megan Shaffer guilty of second-degree murder at Garrett County Circuit Court. Now, a date for her sentencing — she could serve up to 30 years in prison — could be set as early as next week.

On Thursday, a Pre-Sentence Investigation that was ordered at the end of the trial was received, said Brian Schlossnagle, supervisor and criminal clerk, Circuit Court for Garrett County. 

"I am currently working with the court and attorneys to secure a date for sentencing," Schlossnagle said via email on Friday.


Shaffer, 21, of Ridgeley, West Virginia, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and assisting another to commit or attempt to commit suicide in the death of Stevens, 24, of Frostburg.

Stevens was found, naked, with his throat slashed and at the bottom of a cliff, known as High Rock, dead on Jan. 4, 2017, within the Savage River State Forest in Garrett County near Pine Swamp Road.

In December, Shaffer entered a not guilty plea to each count.

On March 19, she was found guilty of second-degree murder.

At that time, Garrett County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Strubin revoked Shaffer’s $100,000 unsecured bond. She was remanded to the Garrett County Sheriff’s Department.

Meanwhile, a decision is expected as to whether a suit, in the Circuit Court for Allegany County - Civil System, will proceed.

That suit was filed by Stevens's father to stop Shaffer from receiving roughly $188,000 as beneficiary of an investment account owned by Alexander Stevens.

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Teresa McMinn is the digital editor at Cumberland Times-News. Email her at, call/text her at 304-639-2371 and follow her on Twitter.

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