Luchiano Lewis admitted to participating in 2019 attack in which Ms Majors, an 18-year-old student at Barnard College, was stabbed to death in Morningside Park.
A teenager who last month a pleaded guilty to murder in murder of 18 year old man- Barnard's old student was sentencedon Thursday to nine years in prison for life.
The teenager, Luchiano Lewis, 16, said last month that he and two friends were gone in Harlem 's Morn ingside Park in December 2019 in an attempt to rob someone. The group settled on Tessa Majors, Mr Lewis said, describing a violent attack on the student which resulted in her stabbing death.
At the time, Mr. Lewis was 14 years old. Prosecutors from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office chose to indict him and another member of the group, Rashaun Weaver, as adults. Mr Weaver, who Mr Lewis said last month stabbed Ms Majors, has 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 murder and confessed to his involvement in the day after the crime. (The Hfrance.fr retains his name because he was a minor and was not charged as an adult.) The boy was then sentenced to a sentence of up to 18 months in a juvenile detention, much to the dismay of Ms. Majors' family, who issued a statement condemning the result.
The death of Ms. Majors shook New -Yorkis, the crime dating back to previous decades, when the streets were not safe to walk at night. Image The 2019 murder of Tessa Majors rocked New York City.
Mr. Lewis was arrested in February 2020 and charged with immobilizing Ms Majors, preventing her escape. He initially pleaded not guilty, but last month changed his plea before making a long declaration, explaining the events of that winter night in detail. In addition to a nine-year life sentence for murder, he was sentenced to 40 months for robbery, to be executed simultaneously.
M r. Lewis said Mr Weaver repeatedly encouraged him to join him in committing thefts, and they went to the park to do so several times before the night of Ms Majors' murder. In one case, just weeks before the fatal meeting with Ms Majors, Mr Lewis said that he, Mr Weaver and the third member of their group attacked a man, but the attempted robbery ultimately failed.
Mr. Lewis said the meeting with Ms Majors started with Mr Weaver kicking her in the back. Ms Majors and Mr Weaver then began to wrestle on the ground, Mr Lewis said, adding that the use of a knife never did.part of the plan.
He did not mention any physical contact between him and Mrs. Majors, adding that he did not know she had was stabbed, let alone killed, until the next morning, when he saw a report about the murder on his phone, in which case he informed the third member of their group to get rid of the knife.