Luchiano Lewis was sentenced on Thursday to a maximum of nine years in prison for his role in killing at Barnard College graduate Tessa Majors.
Majors, 18, was stabbed to death Dec. 11, 2019, in Upper Manhattan’s Morningside Park, right on campus at the University of Columbia.
Lewis, who was 14 at the time and charged as an adult, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree robbery last month.
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The other two teenagers arrested in connection with the murder were 16-year-old Rashaun Weaver, who has pleaded not guilty, and a 13-year-old young man who pleaded guilty and is serving his sentence.
Lewis said the three middle school friends planned to steal people in the park and laid the idea on Weaver. Prosecutors said Weaver had the knife.
In the last moments of her life, a security camera caught Majors trudging up a flight of stairs in the park, dripping blood and struggling to breathe. When she reached the street, she collapsed against a lamppost and died minutes later by stab wounds.
The Majors’ father, Inman Majors, briefly left the courtroom on Thursday while the video of his daughter’s last minute was played.
When the prosecutor read a family statement, Inman Majors sobbed audibly.
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“We still find words insufficient to describe the immense pain, trauma and suffering our family has endured since her senseless murder,” Majors’ parents wrote in a statement.
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“Tess was a brilliant student, a greedy reader, a poet and a new journalist. She had big dreams. She loved everything about music … She loved meeting new people with ideas and beliefs other than her own,” her parents said. . . “But most of all, she loved her family and friends, her cats and especially her younger brother. Her family misses her every moment of every day.”
“Our hearts ache when we see Tess’ friends return to school, perform concerts, start new jobs and experience all the things our daughter never wants,” they continued. “It’s hard for many old friends to be around us. Our grief is too deep. We are too changed from the people we used to be. Our lives change forever and not a day goes by that we do not think about. what could have been for Tess’ future. “
Lewis, now 16, apologized, saying he felt ashamed, embarrassed and “sad in the role I played in destroying two families.”
When Lewis said to the Majors’ father, “I’m deeply sorry for your loss,” the Inman Majors cried, covering his eyes with his hand.
Lewis collapsed as he apologized to his father, who was sitting alone in the courtroom. “Dad, I’m sorry I let you down,” Lewis said.
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Judge Robert Mandelbaum was skeptical of Lewis’ sincerity, saying “unfortunately and worryingly, the defendant has not learned anything”.
The judge noted the “several acts of violence” Lewis has been involved in while incarcerated, including beating another inmate with a piece of metal wrapped in a sock.
Mandelbaum said in the sentencing: “The defendant was and is extremely young. He has his whole life ahead of him, but Tessa Majors does not.”
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