The murder of Shanda Sharer shocked the Nation when the twelve year old girl’s body was found and the four people arrested were all teenage girls. According to court documents Shanda was kidnapped by Melinda Loveless, Laurie Tackett, Hope Rippey and Toni Lawrence. Shanda would be brought to the first location where she was beat up and tortured by the four girls. In the end Sharer would be brought to another location where she was doused in gasoline and set on fire. The four teen killers who were responsible for the brutal crime would all soon be arrested, convicted and sentenced to prison. As of this writing in 2019 all four teen killers have been released from prison.
In Dec. 1992, Loveless pleaded guilty to the Jan. 11, 1992 murder of 12-year-old Shanda Sharer of New Albany.
Sharer was tortured, beaten and burned in a rural area of Jefferson County, Indiana.
Loveless served more than 26 years in prison for murder and criminal confinement. She convinced three other teens — Hope Rippey, Laurie Tackett and Toni Lawrence — to participate in the crime because she believed Sharer stole her girlfriend.
Loveless is the last of the four to be released from prison. She will now serve parole in Jefferson County, Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
Sharer would have been 40 years old this year.
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