Jan. 19 (UPI) — The third teen charged within the 2019 killing of new York Town college student Tessa Majors used to be sentenced to fourteen years in prison Wednesday.
Rashaun Weaver, 16, received the agreed-upon sentence of 14 years to lifestyles in prison after pleading responsible final month to second-stage homicide within the fatal stabbing of Majors.
Weaver was 14 on the time of the killing. He was once accused of stabbing Majors, an 18-year-vintage scholar at Barnard College, throughout a theft in Manhattan’s Morningside Park.
He to begin with pleaded not guilty to the stabbing, but in December modified his plea to guilty while additionally pleading guilty to first- and 2d-stage robbery in connection to previous robberies in the park.
in the course of the sentencing hearing, Weaver apologized to Majors’ circle of relatives for his “egocentric” and “immature” movements and said he could “give anything to head back in time so it never happened.”
Majors’ folks did not talk in court docket or after the sentencing but prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos said they “pass over her every second of each day.”
“Fourteen years to life is an extended time, however on the finish of his sentence, Rashaun Weaver goes house. Tess by no means will,” Bogdanos said.
Weaver’s legal professional, Jeffrey Lichtman, stated the teenager was once a “symptom” of a damaged machine, noting his father and other grownup role models had also been imprisoned.
“It doesn’t absolve him nevertheless it does provide an explanation for,” Lichtman mentioned.
Luciano Lewis, SIXTEEN, used to be in the past sentenced to nine years to lifestyles in jail after pleading guilty to his function in the stabbing, even as a 3rd teen, charged as a minor, was sentenced to as much as 18 months in a juvenile detention facility after pleading responsible.