© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The New York Criminal Court building is seen in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, USA on February 21, 2020. REUTERS / Jeenah Moon
By Tim Reid
(Reuters) – A teenager was sentenced to nine years to life in prison on Thursday for the 2019 murder of 18-year-old college student Tessa Majors in New York.
Luchiano Lewis, 16, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in a settlement with prosecutors last month.
Lewis, who was 14 at the time of the crime, told investigators that he and two friends had gone to Harlem’s Morningside Park in December 2019 with the intention of robbing someone. They chose college freshman Majors and attacked her in a botched robbery that ended in her death by stabbing.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office charged Lewis and a friend, 16-year-old Rashaun Weaver, as adults for the murder. Weaver has pleaded not guilty and faces a separate murder trial next month.
The third member of the group was 13 years old at the time of the attack and confessed. He is serving 18 months in a juvenile detention center.
During the sentencing hearing on Thursday, a prosecutor read aloud a statement from the Majors family.
“On December 11, 2019, the hopes and dreams of our daughter Tess came to a tragic end. Almost two years later, we still find inadequate words to describe the immeasurable pain, trauma and suffering our family has endured since her birth. senseless murder. “the family statement said.
“Our hearts ache when we see Tess’s friends go back to school, perform in concerts and experience all the things our daughter will never experience,” the statement added.
Majors attended Barnard College in Manhattan.
The judge, Robert Mandelbaum, said before sentencing that Lewis had been repeatedly violent while in custody.
“The defendant has shown in a year and a half since this terrible incident that this was not an aberration,” the judge said.
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