Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Ashley Marie Conrade, age 26 of Rosemount, was sentenced today to 180 months in prison by Judge Kathryn Messerich in connection with the death of Anarae Schunk, age 20, of Burnsville; and one year and one day in prison (to be served concurrently) in connection with the death of Palagor Jobi, age 23, of Savage. Conrade pled guilty February 6, 2015 to Aiding an Offender After the Fact in both cases against Shavelle Chavez-Nelson. Ms. Conrade cooperated in additional investigation into the death of Anarae Schunk and agreed to testify in the trial of Shavelle Chavez-Nelson, which resulted in a plea on January 15, 2016.
The following is a brief summary of the facts connected with these matters:
In the early morning hours of September 22, 2013, Palagor Jobi was fatally shot outside of Nina’s Bar & Grill in Burnsville. Anarae Schunk was reported missing by her family on September 23, 2013. The investigation into the shooting death of Palagor Jobi determined that Anarae Schunk and Ashley Conrade were with Shavelle Chavez-Nelson at the time of this shooting. Investigators determined that Chavez-Nelson, Conrade and Anarae Schunk returned together to Conrade’s Rosemount townhome following the shooting. Numerous items of physical evidence gathered during the course of this investigation led investigators to conclude that Anarae Schunk was stabbed to death in the early morning hours of September 22 at Conrade’s Rosemount townhome. Her body was found at the edge of a cornfield adjacent to a ditch in rural Rice County on September 30, 2013.
Chavez-Nelson and Conrade were indicted on July 29, 2014, by a Dakota County Grand Jury with Murder in the First Degree (Premeditation) and Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional) in connection with the death of Anarae Schunk. Chavez-Nelson pled guilty January 15, 2016 to one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Unintentional) and was sentenced to 204 months in prison. Chavez-Nelson is also serving a life sentence after being convicted of Murder in the First Degree (Premeditation) in connection with the shooting death of Palagor Jobi.
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Backstrom commented: “Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Anarae Schunk and Palagor Jobi for their great loss. This sentence brings a close to the criminal cases.”
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 this investigation, and other assisting law enforcement agencies including the Apple Valley Police Department, the Lakeville Police Department and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Rice County Sheriff’s Office.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.