Boy, 14, sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention for his role in 2019 murder of Barnard College student Tessa Majors

A 14-year-old boy was sentenced Monday to the maximum of 18 months in juvenile detention for the 2019 robbery and murder of Barnard College student Tessa Majors, a killing that sparked outrage across New York City.

The teen, who pleaded guilty on June 3, was 13 at the time of the attack and charged as a juvenile. He was described by his attorneys as having a “limited role” in the killing. Authorities have said previously that he was not the suspect who stabbed Majors. 

The two 14-year-old boys charged as adults in Majors’ murder, Rashaun Weaver and Luchiano Lewis, are in custody and awaiting trial.

The teen sentenced on Monday will serve a minimum of six months in a secure juvenile facility, New York City’s Office of the Corporation Counsel said in a statement to NBC News. The city’s children’s services department can then release and monitor him, the office said.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/15/tessa-majors-murder-teen-sentenced-18-months/3196102001/

The stabbing death of Majors, 18, last December in Morningside Park prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to increase patrols near Barnard, an independent women’s college affiliated with Columbia University.

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