Boy, 16, sentenced to 9 years to life in killing of college student

A teenager who last month pleaded guilty to murder in the killing of an 18-year-old Barnard student was sentenced on Thursday to nine years to life in prison.

The teenager, Luchiano Lewis, 16, said last month that he and two friends had gone to Harlem’s Morningside Park in December 2019 with the goal of robbing someone. The group settled on Tessa Majors, Mr Lewis said, describing a violent attack on the student that culminated in her death by stabbing.

At the time, Mr Lewis was 14. Prosecutors at the Manhattan district attorney’s office chose to charge him and one other member of the group, Rashaun Weaver, as adults. Mr Weaver, who Mr Lewis last month said had stabbed Ms Majors, pleaded not guilty. His trial date is expected to be set early next week.

The third member of their group was 13 at the time of the killing, and confessed to his involvement the day after the crime. The boy was later sentenced to up to 18 months in a juvenile detention facility.

The death of Ms. Majors rattled New Yorkers, the sudden violence against a young woman harkening back to an earlier time when the streets were not safe to walk at night.

In the courtroom on Thursday, a prosecutor, Matthew Bogdanos, read aloud from a statement from Ms. Majors’s family.

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“On Dec. 11, 2019, the hopes and dreams of our daughter Tess came to a tragic end,” the statement said. “Nearly two years later, we still find words inadequate to describe the immeasurable pain, trauma and suffering that our family has endured since her senseless murder.”

As Mr. Bogdanos continued to read, Ms. Majors’s father, Inman Majors, sat in the front row, his right hand cradling his forehead as he wept.

“Our hearts ache as we watch Tess’s friends return to school, perform in concerts and experience all the things our daughter never will,” the statement said.

(The New York Times)

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