The man accused of killing Burnsville High School graduate Anarae Schunk pleaded guilty last Friday to second-degree murder.
Thirty-three-year-old Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, who is currently residing in the Stillwater prison, pleaded guilty to one count of murder in the second degree (unintentional), in connection with the stabbing death of Schunk, 20, in September 2013 at a home in Rosemount. Charges of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree murder (with intent) were dismissed.
Judge Kathryn Messerich sentenced Chavez-Nelson (also known as Anthony Lee Nelson) to an agreed upon sentence of 204 months in prison, though he will receive credit for already serving more than two years.
“Once again I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Anarae Schunk for their great loss,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a press release. “The negotiated settlement of this case was agreed upon with the support of Anarae’s family who had expressed a desire to negate any additional trauma to family and friends that may have resulted from a trial. This conviction and sentence will not have any impact on the life sentence Chevez-Nelson is currently serving for the murder of Palagor Obang Jobi.”
Chavez-Nelson is currently serving a life sentence without parole for the murder of Savage resident Palagor Obang Jobi, which occurred during the early morning hours of Sept. 22, 2013 outside a bar in Burnsville. The 204-month sentence will run concurrently with the life sentence imposed on the Jobi case.
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Kathy Keena, who prosecuted this case. Backstrom thanked the Rosemount Police Department, the Burnsville Police Department, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension — the lead agencies involved in the investigation — and other assisting law enforcement agencies including the Apple Valley Police Department, the Lakeville Police Department, the Eden Prairie Police Department, and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Rice County Sheriff’s Office.
Schunk, a University of Minnesota student, was reported missing by her family on Sept. 23, 2013 — the day after Jobi was shot and killed.
Chavez-Nelson shot Jobi, 23, eight times outside of Nina’s Grill in Burnsville in the early hours of Sept. 22, 2013, following an argument and physical altercation. Witnesses at the bar that night identified Chavez-Nelson as the shooter.
Schunk, who had previously been in a relationship with Chavez-Nelson, was last seen with him at the scene of the bar shooting. Officials say Schunk was in the same vehicle with Chavez-Nelson and Ashley Marie Conrade (Chavez-Nelson’s then-girlfriend) as they fled the scene after the murder at Nina’s Grill.
On Sept. 30, 2013 — one week after the shooting — Schunk’s body was found in a grassy ditch in rural Rice County. Chavez-Nelson was then accused of stabbing Schunk to death at Conrade’s Rosemount townhome in the hours following the shooting at Nina’s Grill.
In February 2015, Conrade, 26, pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court to aiding an offender after the fact, a felony, for harboring Chavez-Nelson and assisting his attempt to evade arrest following the shooting of Jobi. She also pleaded guilty to aiding an offender after the fact in relation to the murder of Schunk and was given a sentence of 180 months in prison. Conrade testified against Chavez-Nelson in the Jobi case, and she agreed to cooperate in the Schunk case, as well.
Chavez-Nelson has prior convictions in Minnesota for first-degree aggravated robbery, theft, fleeing police and fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance, among others.
Schunk was a 2011 graduate of BHS.