- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A prosecutor has notified the court that she will seek harsher sentences for two people accused of killing a University of Minnesota student if they are convicted.

Minnesota law requires prosecutors to give advance notice if they plan to seek an aggravated sentence. Authorities say 22-year-old Anarae Schunk was stabbed nearly two dozen times last fall in a Rosemount town house and her body dumped along a rural road.

Her ex-boyfriend, Shavelle Chavez-Nelson and his girlfriend, Ashley Conrade, are charged with first- and second-degree murder. Neither has gone to trial yet.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/YcCgvU ) says Assistant Dakota County Attorney Kathryn Keena cited the brutal nature of Schunk’s death in seeking a tougher sentence. If the two are convicted, jurors would decide whether there are aggravating factors.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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