Last month, a teenager convicted of murdering an 18-year-old Barnard College student was sentenced to life imprisonment for nine years starting Thursday.
Luciano Luis, a 16-year-old teenager, said last month that he and two friends went to Harlem’s Morningside Park in December 2019 to steal someone. According to Lewis, the group settled down at Tessa Majors and described a violent attack on a student who died from stabbing.
At that time, Mr. Lewis was 14 years old. Prosecutors at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office have chosen to prosecute him and one other member of the group, Rashawn Weaver, as adults. Weaver, who said Lewis stabbed Major last month, pleaded not guilty. His trial date will be set early next week.
The third member of their group was 13 at the time of the murder and confessed his involvement the day after the crime. (The New York Times withholds his name because he was a minor and was not charged as an adult.) The boy was later sentenced to up to 18 months in juvenile training and suffered from Mr. Major’s family. I sued. A statement condemning the results.
Majors’ death rattled the New Yorker. Crime reminds us of the early decades when the streets were unsafe to walk at night.
Mr. Lewis was arrested in February 2020 and accused of detaining Mr. Major and preventing his escape. He initially pleaded not guilty, but last month changed his plea before issuing a long statement detailing what happened that winter night. In addition to a nine-year life imprisonment for murder, he was sentenced to 40 months for robbery and executed at the same time.
Mr. Lewis said Mr. Weaver had advised him several times to join him to commit the robbery, and they went to the park several times before the night of Mr. Major’s murder. .. In one example, just weeks before a fatal encounter with Major, Lewis said Weaver and a third member of the group attacked a man, but the robbery attempt eventually failed. Stated.
Lewis said his encounter with Major began when Weaver kicked her from behind. Later, Majors and Weaver began fighting on the ground, Lewis said, adding that the use of knives was not part of the plan.
He didn’t mention the physical contact between him and Mr. Major, adding that he didn’t know she was stabbed or even killed until she saw a news article about the murder on the phone the next morning. Advised a third member of their group to remove the knife.