A teen who pleaded responsible to his position within the stabbing homicide of Barnard College student Tessa Majors has been sentenced to serve nine years to life in jail.
Luchiano Lewis, 16, was sentenced on Thursday in Manhattan felony courtroom by Justice Robert Mandelbaum, who slammed him for his lack of regret within the stunning case.
‘The defendant has demonstrated within the yr and a half since this incident this is not an aberration,’ the choose mentioned, in accordance to WNBC-TV. ‘The defendant has discovered no classes from his expertise on this case.’
Lewis was charged as an grownup regardless of being 14 on the time of the homicide, and final month pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide and first-degree theft in a cope with prosecutors.
Luchiano Lewis, 16, (seen final month) was sentenced on Thursday in Manhattan felony courtroom for the homicide of Barnard College student Tessa Majors
Lewis was sentenced to serve nine years to life in jail for his position within the slaying of Majors, who was stabbed to demise throughout a botched theft in Morningside Park
Tessa’s father Inman Majorswalks into Manhattan Supreme Court for the sentencing of Luchiano Lewis on Thursday
Views of the crime scene in Morningside Park 4 days after Tessa Majors, a Barnard freshman, was murdered, as seen on December 15, 2019 in New York City
Lewis was additionally sentenced to 40 months to 12 years on the theft rely. It is unclear if the sentences might be served concurrently or consecutively.
He was certainly one of three charged within the homicide of Majors, who was stabbed a number of occasions through the botched mugging on December 11, 2019 in Morningside Park, which is close to the Manhattan campuses of Barnard College and Columbia University.
The alleged knifeman Rashaun Weaver has pleaded not responsible and is additionally charged as an grownup. The third boy current for Majors’ killing pleaded responsible to theft final June was sentenced to 18 months behind bars, the max for a juvenile.
During Thursday’s sentencing, Majors’ household submitted an sufferer impression assertion saying that ‘the hopes and desires of our daughter Tessa got here to an finish’ on the day of her homicide.
‘Our hearts ache as we watch Tessa’s pals return to faculty, carry out at concert events, begin new jobs, and expertise issues our household by no means will,’ the household mentioned. ‘Murder should not be normalized or rationalized.’
In an announcement throughout sentencing, Lewis mentioned that he and his cronies went to Morningside Park wanting for somebody to rob. At first they tried to go after a person, however he was strolling too quick for them to sustain.
When Majors walked by, she was wanting down at her cellphone, and Lewis and Weaver ran up behind her, kicking her within the again and demanding she hand over her cellphone and money, in accordance to Lewis.
Rashaun Weaver (left) is accused of fatally stabbing her and Luchiano Lewis (proper) is accused of holding her again whereas he did it. They have been each charged as adults and Weaver is awaiting trial whereas Lewis was charged with second-degree homicide and theft
Majors died following a stabbing on these steps in Morningside Park in December 2019
The homicide occurred simply steps from the Columbia campus, not far from Barnard
‘Are you significantly attempting to rob me?’ Majors requested the trio, in accordance to Lewis, who mentioned that he stood by and watched, warning of potential witnesses, as Weaver wrestled the woman to the bottom.
Lewis mentioned that he knew Weaver had a knife and noticed feathers flying from Majors’ down jacket, however wasn’t positive precisely when within the scuffle the stabbing occurred.
Lewis mentioned he had not realized Majors was lifeless till the following day, in accordance to the New York Post.
Lewis cooperated with Manhattan prosecutors towards the primary suspect, 16-year-old co-defendant Weaver, who is accused of stabbing Majors and faces the identical counts as Lewis. Weaver pleaded not responsible and has not but stood trial.
Prosecutors allege that Weaver, Lewis and Davis have been wanting to mug somebody once they went to Morningside park, the place they noticed Majors, on December eleventh.
Majors yelled for assist and tried to combat off the three boys whereas Lewis allegedly held her in a headlock place.
Lewis maintains his stance on Weaver being the one who stabbed Majors after seeing feathers in her down coat fly into the air, in accordance to courtroom papers.
Majors collapsed on a flight of stairs at road degree after she was stabbed. She was pronounced lifeless at a hospital.
Davis mentioned he handed Weaver the knife used to kill Majors upon their arrival on the park, effectively earlier than they observed her, in accordance to his videotaped confession.
Before his sentencing, he informed the choose: ‘I went into Morningside Park in Manhattan with Rashaun and Lucci.
‘Are you significantly attempting to rob me?’ Majors requested the trio, in accordance to Lewis, who mentioned that he stood by and watched as an confederate stabbed her
The prices come almost two months after the ugly slaying shocked New York City. Pictured: NYPD Scuba crew searched Morningside Park for proof involving the stabbing demise of Tessa Majors in December 2019
‘We went to the park planning to rob somebody. In the park, certainly one of my pals dropped a knife. I picked up the knife and handed it to Rashaun.’
In September of final yr, police mentioned Weaver allegedly confessed to the brutal homicide in a wire-tapped cellphone dialog together with his father Clifford Weaver, who was behind bars upstate on the time on a parole violation.
Weaver has additionally been charged for one other indictment in a separate violent theft that occurred 4 days earlier than Majors’ demise.
‘The defendant said in substance that he was within the park and tried to take the woman’s cellphone and ‘she was hanging onto her cellphone’ and that he hit her with a knife,’ courtroom papers revealed, describing the dialog.
The elder Weaver has an extended historical past of convictions on theft and drug prices, and was incarcerated at Mohawk Correctional Facility on the time of the cellphone name.
Last September, a grand jury unsealed an indictment towards Weaver in a separate violent theft, which police say he dedicated whereas on the run from cops as a suspect in Majors’ homicide.
According to the indictment, Weaver and his affiliate Keith Bonds, 14, beat and robbed a person on Valentine’s Day in East Harlem.
The alleged sufferer was lured to 65 East 112th Street with the supply to purchase a cellphone from Bonds, however was as an alternative viciously overwhelmed and robbed, in accordance to the indictment.
Weaver, sporting a black ski masks, distracted the sufferer by asking him if he had any weed, earlier than Weaver, Bonds, and two unidentified accomplices jumped the person and robbed him of $130, his cellphone and his footwear, prosecutors say,
At the time, he had already been questioned by police in Majors’ demise however launched without prices.
Weaver is being held without bail in a juvenile facility. He is subsequent due in courtroom on November 12 for a pre-trial convention.