14-Year-Old Boy Sentenced to 18 Months in Juvenile Detention for 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.

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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SOURCE: USA Today, Elinor Aspegren