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Man Receives Maximum Sentence in Roommate's Slaying

Monongalia County

A Morgantown man who pleaded guilty to killing a roommate has received the maximum sentence.

Multiple media outlets report that 56-year-old Charles Shaffer was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. Shaffer will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

Shaffer had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Shaffer and 48-year-old Brian Greeson beat and stabbed 41-year-old Leslie Fields inside an apartment the three men shared in December 2014.

Both defendants were indicted on first-degree murder charges. Greeson’s trial is set for February.