A teen who pleaded guilty to his role in the stabbing of Barnard College student Tessa Majors has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
Luchiano Lewis, 16, was sentenced in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday by Judge Robert Mandelbaum, who reprimanded him for his lack of remorse in the shocking case.
“The suspect has demonstrated in the year and a half since this incident that this is not an abnormality,” the judge said, according to WNBC-TV. “The defendant has learned no lessons from his experience in this case.”
Lewis was charged as an adult despite being 14 at the time of the murder, and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery last month in a deal with prosecutors.
Luchiano Lewis, 16, (seen last month) was convicted in Manhattan criminal court on Thursday for the murder of Barnard College student Tessa Majors
Lewis was sentenced to nine years to life in prison for his role in the murder of Majors, who was stabbed to death in a botched robbery in Morningside Park
Tessa’s father Inman Majors enters the Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday for the conviction of Luchiano Lewis
View of the crime scene in Morningside Park, four days after Tessa Majors, a freshman of Barnard’s, was murdered, as seen on December 15, 2019 in New York City
Lewis was also sentenced to 40 months to 12 years for the robbery. It is unclear whether the sentences will be served concurrently or sequentially.
He was one of three accused in the murder of Majors, who was stabbed multiple times in the failed December 11, 2019 robbery in Morningside Park, near the Manhattan campuses of Barnard College and Columbia University.
Alleged knifeman Rashaun Weaver has pleaded not guilty and is also being charged as an adult. The third boy present for the Majors murder pleaded guilty to theft last June and was sentenced to 18 months behind bars, the maximum for a minor.
During Thursday’s sentencing, Majors’ family filed a victim statement stating that “our daughter Tessa’s hopes and dreams came to an end” on the day of her murder.
“Our hearts ached as we watch Tessa’s friends go back to school, perform at concerts, start new jobs and experience things our family will never experience,” the family said. “Murder should not be normalized or rationalized.”
In a statement made during the sentencing, Lewis said he and his cronies went to Morningside Park in search of someone to rob. At first they tried to chase a man, but he was walking too fast to keep up with them.
When Majors walked by, she looked at her phone, and Lewis and Weaver ran after her, kicked her in the back and demanded that she hand over her phone and money, according to Lewis.
Rashaun Weaver (left) is accused of fatally stabbing her and Luchiano Lewis (right) is accused of stopping her while he did it. They were both charged as adults and Weaver awaits trial while Lewis was charged with second-degree murder and robbery
Majors died after stabbing these steps in Morningside Park in December 2019
The murder took place a stone’s throw from the Columbia campus, not far from Barnard
“Are you seriously trying to rob me?” Majors asked the trio, according to Lewis, who said he stood by and watched, warning of possible witnesses as Weaver wrestled the girl to the ground.
Lewis said he knew Weaver had a knife and saw feathers flying out of Majors’ down jacket, but he wasn’t sure when in the scuffle the stabbing happened.
Lewis said he didn’t realize Majors was dead until the next day, according to the New York Post.
Lewis worked with Manhattan prosecutors against the prime suspect, 16-year-old co-defendant Weaver, who is accused of stabbing Majors and facing the same charges as Lewis. Weaver pleaded not guilty and has yet to face trial.
Prosecutors allege Weaver, Lewis and Davis were planning to rob someone when they went to Morningside Park on Dec. 11, where they saw Majors.
Majors screamed for help and tried to fend off the three boys, while Lewis reportedly held her in a headlock position.
Lewis stands by his position that Weaver is the one who stabbed Majors after seeing feathers fly into the air in her down jacket, according to court papers.
Majors collapsed on a street-level staircase after being stabbed. She was pronounced dead in a hospital.
Davis said he handed Weaver the knife that killed Majors upon their arrival at the park, long before they noticed her, according to his videotaped confession.
Before his sentencing, he told the judge, “I went to Morningside Park in Manhattan with Rashaun and Lucci.
“Are you seriously trying to rob me?” Majors asked the trio, according to Lewis, who said he stood by and watched an accomplice stab her
The charges come nearly two months after the horrific murder that shook New York City. Pictured: NYPD Scuba team searched Morningside Park for evidence related to Tessa Majors stabbing in December 2019
“We went to the park to rob someone. One of my friends dropped a knife in the park. I took the knife and handed it to Rashaun.’
In September last year, police said Weaver allegedly confessed to the brutal murder in a wiretapped phone conversation with his father Clifford Weaver, who was behind bars at the time for a parole violation.
Weaver has also been indicted on another charge in a separate violent robbery that occurred four days before Majors’ death.
“The defendant essentially stated that he was in the park and tried to take the girl’s phone and ‘she was on her phone’ and that he hit her with a knife,” court papers revealed, describing the conversation.
The elder Weaver has a long history of theft and drug possession convictions, and was incarcerated at the Mohawk Correctional Facility at the time of the phone call.
Last September, a grand jury released charges against Weaver in a separate violent robbery, which police say he committed while on the run from police as a suspect in Majors’ murder.
According to the indictment, Weaver and his associate Keith Bonds, 14, beat and robbed a man in East Harlem on Valentine’s Day.
The alleged victim was lured to 65 East 112th Street with the offer to buy a cell phone from Bonds, but was instead brutally beaten and robbed, according to the indictment.
Weaver, who was wearing a black ski mask, distracted the victim by asking him if he had weed before Weaver, Bonds and two unidentified accomplices jumped on the man and robbed him of $130, his cellphone and his shoes, prosecutors say ,
At the time, he had already been questioned by the police about Majors’ death, but released without charge.
Weaver is being held without bail in a juvenile detention center. He is due to appear in court on November 12 for a pre-trial conference.