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The 16-year-old convicted of the stabbing death of college student Tessa Majors was sentenced Thursday to a maximum sentence of nine years to life in prison.
Luchiano Lewis, one of three teens charged in the 2019 murder of Barnard’s freshman at Morningside Park, pleaded guilty last month to robbery and murder.
“The murder of Tessa Majors tore the fabric of the entire city apart,” Judge Robert Mandelbaum said in sentencing. “The defendant was and is extremely young. He has his whole life ahead of him, but not Tessa Majors.”wikipedia
Majors, from Charlottesville, Virginia, was finishing her first semester at school when she walked through the park just before 8 p.m. on December 11, 2019.
As she approached the stairs to exit on West 116th Street, police say the group of teenagers – Lewis, 16-year-old Rashan Weaver and a 13-year-old boy – tried to rob her and take her phone.
There was a fight and she was stabbed several times. In the last moments of her life, a security camera captured Majors walking up a flight of stairs, dripping blood, struggling to breathe and grabbing her phone to call an Uber.
When she reached the street, she collapsed against a utility pole and died minutes later.
The heartbreaking video was played in a courtroom engrossed in sentencing, along with the reading of a joint impact statement by parents Inman and Christy Majors.
“We still find inadequate words to describe the immeasurable pain, trauma and suffering our family has endured since their senseless murder,” she said, in part (full text of statement below). “Not a day goes by when we don’t think about what could have been for Tess’s future. Not a day goes by when we don’t consider what could have been done to prevent the brutal-and again-senseless-death of she.”
As the prosecutor read the family statement, Majors’s father sobbed audibly. He briefly walked out of the courtroom as video of his daughter’s last moments played.
Lewis, in a light-colored suit and purple tie, apologized and said that he felt ashamed, embarrassed and “saddened by the role I played in destroying two families.”
When Lewis said to Majors’ father, “I am deeply sorry for your loss,” the father wept audibly and covered his eyes with his hand. Lewis also broke down when he apologized to his own father, who was sitting alone in the courtroom.
“Dad, I’m sorry I failed you and become less human, less than the son you raised,” he said.
The judge seemed skeptical of Lewis’s sincerity.
“Sadly and disturbingly, the defendant has learned no lessons,” he said.
The judge noted the “multiple violent acts” Lewis has been involved in while he was incarcerated, including beating another inmate with a piece of metal wrapped in a sock.
“This was not an aberration,” Mandelbaum said of the murder of Tessa Majors.
Police and prosecutors have said Weaver wielded the knife, but said Lewis was just as guilty.
Lewis may not have held the knife “but he wasn’t just on the road,” said prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos. “She is alive and, thanks to him, she is not.”
Full text of Inman and Christy Majors’ Victim Impact Statement
On December 11, 2019, the hopes and dreams of our daughter Tess came to a tragic end. Almost two years later, we still find the wrong words to describe the immeasurable pain, trauma, and suffering our family has endured since her senseless murder.
Tess was a brilliant student, a voracious reader, a poet and a budding journalist. She had big dreams. She loved everything related to music, writing it, performing it, listening to it. She volunteered at the local animal shelter. She spent summers attending Nature Camp, where she loved learning about the environment and the natural world around her. She loved meeting new people with ideas and beliefs different from her own.
But she most of all she loved her family and friends, her cats and especially her younger brother. They were best friends and her sense of loss is deep and indescribable. Tess was friends with the friendless and kind in all the little ways that people remember forever. And she was brave. Her family misses her every moment of every day.
Our hearts ache when we see Tess’s friends go back to school, perform concerts, start new jobs, and experience all the things our daughter will never experience. It is difficult for many old friends to be close to us. Our pain is too deep. We are too changed from the people we used to be.
With each legal process, we are forced to relive the events of December 11, 2019. We have not been able to mourn our daughter adequately or in peace. Almost two years after her murder, we still have very little closure.
Tess Majors’ family believes that murder should not be normalized or rationalized. And for those other parents who have prematurely lost a child, particularly at the hands of another human being, they have our empathy.
Our lives have changed forever, and not a day goes by that we don’t think about what it might have been like for Tess’s future. Not a day goes by when we do not consider what could have been done to prevent her brutal death, and again senseless.