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Thu Oct 14, 2021, 05:47 PM

Teen sentenced to maximum for killing of Barnard student Tessa Majors, parents speak on their grief

Source: ABC News

Teen sentenced to maximum for killing of Barnard student Tessa Majors, parents speak on their grief

Tessa Majors, 18, was stabbed to death while walking through a Manhattan park.

By Aaron Katersky and Emily Shapiro
October 14, 2021, 3:38 PM 7 min read

Luchiano Lewis was sentenced Thursday to the maximum of nine years to life in prison for his role in the murder of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors.

Majors, 18, was stabbed to death on Dec. 11, 2019, in upper Manhattan's Morningside Park, just off the campus of Columbia University.

Lewis, who was 14 at the time and charged as an adult, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree robbery last month.

+ MORE: Barnard murder: Teens planned to rob male before picking Tessa Majors, suspect said, per police testimony
https://abcnews.go.com/US/manhunt-underway-14-year-suspected-barnard-stabber/story?id=67773876

The two other teens arrested in connection to the slaying were 16-year-old Rashaun Weaver, who has pleaded not guilty, and a 13-year-old juvenile who pleaded guilty and is serving his sentence.

Lewis said the three middle school friends plotted to rob people in the park and pinned the idea on Weaver. Prosecutors said Weaver wielded the knife.

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Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/US/teen-sentenced-maximum-years-life-killing-barnard-student/story?id=80577778



Previously at DU:

Fri Dec 13, 2019:

13-year-old charged in fatal stabbing of Barnard student; others sought

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Source: NBC News

13-year-old charged in fatal stabbing of Barnard student; others sought
College freshman Tessa Majors, 18, was stabbed repeatedly in Morningside Park, not far from Barnard's campus.

Stabbing death of 18-year-old student shocks college community

DEC. 13, 2019 01:36
Dec. 13, 2019, 8:42 AM EST / Updated Dec. 13, 2019, 12:29 PM EST

By Elisha Fieldstadt

A 13-year-old has been arrested and charged in the stabbing death of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors in a New York City park, according to multiple senior law enforcement officials.

The teen faces charges of second-degree murder, robbery and a weapons-related charge, the officials said. His specific role in the death was not immediately clear.

The juvenile was apprehended at about 11 p.m. Thursday, and as of Friday was not being charged as an adult.

Investigators are seeking two other people whom they believe had a role in the attack.

Majors, 18, was stabbed repeatedly in Morningside Park, not far from Barnard's campus, before 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the New York Police Department.
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Majors, who was from Virginia, played in a band and had recently played her first gig in New York City, according to her Instagram. She graduated from St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville this year before beginning at Barnard, according to an obituary in the Augusta Free Press, where she interned in spring.

"Tess was a light that shined brightly and our hearts will never be the same," the Majors family said in a statement. "She was very special and very loved."
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Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/18-year-old-barnard-student-s-fatal-stabbing-leads-arrest-n1101381

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 14, 2021, 06:09 PM

1. I believe that is an acceptable term. 13 is too young to crumple up a life and lock it up for life..

Tessa Majors' loss of her life is all too much tragedy by itself.

Justice is the most that can be hoped for in this situation. I think as far as it can be, the state achieved justice.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 10:46 PM

5. Eric Smith, who was 13 when he killed a 4 year old boy

served 27 years and just got paroled on his 11th try. He is now 41.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 07:48 AM

6. What a terrible miscarriage of justice right there. Two lives trashed. I have very little to be ...

proud of in Texas. An eye for an eye leaves both parties blind.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 10:48 AM

7. Actually, this not so young man was from New York

The parents of the boy he killed have protested his release at every one of his parole hearings. I don't think he should have walked free, but I fear the length his incarceration will make it that much harder for him to make something of his pitiful life.

And BTW, his mother took antiseizure medication for her epilepsy when she was pregnant with him which cause his oddly shaped ears and learning disabilities. That along with his bright red hair made him the target of relentless bullying. He was physically, and possibly sexually, abused by his step/adoptive father. All this came out in the trial, but he was still given 9 to life.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 02:46 PM

8. We've done it here, too. Believe me.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Oct 15, 2021, 04:32 PM

2. Kick nt

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Mon Oct 18, 2021, 07:13 PM

3. Kick nt

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Oct 18, 2021, 08:55 PM

4. "Previously at DU:"

A new low.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 03:16 PM

9. May the murderer serve the MAXIMUM sentence for this heinous crime

 

Kills on the outside, assaults inmates on the inside. Possibility of release at 9 years is an insult.

Thanks for the linkback to the original post.

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