Ashley Reeves regretted her relationship with Sam Shelton which “left her for dead”
Ashley Reeves (Anwen O’Driscoll) seems to have it all in Lifetime’s “Left For Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story”. She is an excellent student, a good basketball player, and she has a loving family, a boyfriend and many friends. So it’s quite a mystery why someone like Ashley would have found themselves vulnerable to the charms of a professor who set out to woo her.
The Lifetime movie attempts to answer this question, although it doesn’t do so very convincingly. Ashley, as we see in the movie, has only had one relationship with her stable boyfriend, Danny, who gives her a promise ring at just 17. It’s a move that backfires on Ashley, however, visibly baffled at even thinking of such a level of engagement so soon. It’s this dilemma of whether to continue with her commitment to her boyfriend or keep her options open, not just in terms of a relationship but when it comes to life, that leads Ashley to confide in teacher Sam Shelton. . “Left For Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story” contains all the elements that fans of other life stories such as “Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos” will appreciate.
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Who was Sam Shelton?
Sam Shelton who was a professional gym trainer and wrestler in addition to being Ashley’s teacher when she was in seventh grade. They reconnected in February 2006, two months before his disappearance.
In the movie ‘Left For Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story’, we see that Sam’s worldly ways obviously impress young Ashley. But while we can figure that out part, we’re not sure why Sam’s standard line, which we’ll see later that he uses with other young girls in the movie, telling them they’re special, seems to work on. Ashley. After all, Ashley, due to her outgoing nature, seems to get more than enough emotional validation from her family and friends. In the film, Sam’s manipulation works and under the pretext of an upset stomach, Sam brings Ashley to his house where they then become intimate. Ashley in the movie through rambling flashbacks due to her memory loss clearly thinks better of the incident and expresses it to Sam who is worried about losing her job if the news of their intimacy comes out.
A look at Ashley Reeves’ attack
In ‘Left For Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story’, we see Sam trying to throw Ashley out of the car, after it’s clear that Ashley thinks they made a mistake being intimate. However, according to Sam Shelton’s discussions with the police, he wanted to end the relationship and Ashley refused, as he tried to get her out of the car. It was in an attempt to get Ashley out of the car that Sam Shelton used a choke on Ashley. When she became limp, he realized that he had broken her neck. In a panic, he then dragged Ashley into the woods and strangled her with his belt and also strangled her with his bare hands.
Ashley was then left for dead by Shelton who “buried” her with dirt and leaves in the woods. Frighteningly, Shelton left the stage and then went out dancing. As the police initially focused their suspicions on Ashley’s longtime boyfriend, they quickly began to realize that Sam Shelton may have been the perpetrator of Ashley’s disappearance. After a twelve hour interrogation in which Shelton changed his story several times, it was finally the mention of his grandmother that made him crack and confess.
Shelton then led detectives to Ashley’s body at Citizens Park, located just 12 minutes from Ashley’s house. Ashley was found 30 hours after her stroke, paralyzed and seriously injured but still alive. As Ashley slowly returns to recovery in the film, she asks her mother who did this to her since she initially has no memory of the incident. When her mother Michelle (Jennie Garth) tells Ashley it was Sam Shelton, Ashley’s first reaction is that it’s not possible because Sam is her friend. A friendship that turned out to be perhaps the biggest mistake in Ashley’s life, which she would pay physically as she had to relearn how to walk, talk and eat and also emotionally as she was judging a inappropriate relationship with a teacher.
Who was sentenced?
Ashley Reeves and Sam Shelton’s unfortunate mentor-mentee relationship ultimately resulted in Sam Shelton being sentenced to 20 years in prison. Shelton is expected to be on parole on April 22, 2024. For more on the trauma Ashley Reeves had to endure for getting involved with the wrong man, you can watch “Left For Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story” on Saturday, June 12 at 8 / 7c.