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New York teenager is 14 for the murder of student Tessa Majors

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New York teenager is 14 for the murder of student Tessa Majors

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The teenager who fatally stabbed student Tessa Majors could spend the rest of his life behind bars for the brutal and random murder that rocked New York, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

Rashaun Weaver, 16, was sentenced to 14 years to life in prison for the December 11, 2019 murder of the Barnard College freshman during a robbery in Morningside Park.

Majors’ death left a permanent hole in the hearts of his loved ones, according to a family statement, read in court by Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos.

“The family of Tess Majors believes that human life is sacred,” the prosecutor read. “The family of Tess Majors believes that the killing of one human being, the extinction of another human being should never be normalized or rationalized. The pain is immeasurable and does not go away.

Weaver pleaded guilty last month to murder and robbery. He was the third and final suspect to admit his role in Majors’ murder.

Luchiano Lewis pleaded guilty to murder and robbery, but said Weaver was the one who stabbed the student. Lewis was sentenced in October to nine years to life in prison.

The 13-year-old was sentenced in 2020 to 18 months in juvenile detention.

“Tess Majors’ family misses her every second of every day and will continue to do so as long as she is alive and sensitive,” according to the family statement read by Bogdanos. “Their pain is immeasurable and is not going away.”

Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told reporters outside court that the sentence for a teenager was severe. “I will go to my grave thinking this is nonsense,” he said, but adding that he “can’t imagine what the Majors family is going through.”

New York teenager is 14 for the murder of student Tessa Majors

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