Alexander Stevens, Megan Shaffer

Alexander Stevens/Megan Shaffer

OAKLAND — Megan Shaffer on Wednesday will learn how much of her life could be spent behind bars for killing Alexander Stevens. It might be 2048 before she's free.

Shaffer, 21, of Ridgeley, West Virginia, has resided at the Garrett County Detention Center since a 12-member jury in March found her guilty of second-degree murder. 

According to public documents at Allegany County Circuit Court, a Maryland State Police helicopter located the body of Alexander Stevens, 24, of Frostburg, on the morning of Jan. 4, 2017 near Pine Swamp Road.

Authorities said his throat had been cut deeply with “more than one swipe.”

An autopsy later showed Stevens had broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Shaffer was later charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and assisting another to commit or attempt to commit suicide.

During Shaffer's trial at Garrett County Circuit Court that lasted about a week, Dr. Carol Allen, a Maryland assistant medical examiner, testified as an expert witness for the state.

The cuts Stevens suffered took time, effort and "significant force," she said.

His cause of death was from "sharp force injuries in the neck," she said. "The manner of death was homicide."

After the guilty verdict on the second-degree murder charge was read, Garrett County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Strubin revoked Shaffer’s $100,000 unsecured bond.

She's been in jail for roughly four months and faces the possibility of up to 30 years in prison. Her sentencing is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Shaffer is also involved in a civil suit set for Aug. 24 in Allegany County Circuit Court.

That case could determine whether Shaffer is eligible to collect roughly $188,000 from an investment account, on which she was named beneficiary, that Alexander Stevens had owned.

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

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