More than two years after 18-year-old Barnard College Student Tessa Majors was murdered, the accused killer has received his sentence. Sixteen year old Rashaun Weaver was handed a sentence of 14 years to life after he admitted to killing Majors in Morningside Park two weeks before Christmas in 2019.
“The family of Tess Majors believes that human life is sacred,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos stated in court.
“The family of Tess Majors believes that murder of a human being, extinguishing another human being should never be normalized or rationalized. The pain is immeasurable and does not go away.”
Majors is one of three teenagers tied to the murder. CBS News reports that Weaver, Luchiano Lewis and another minor attempted to rob Majors in Morningside Park on December 11, 2019. During the robbery, one of the accused robbers stabbed Majors. After staggering up a flight of stairs in search of help, the Barnard College student collapsed.
The youngest of the three accused participants was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention. Meanwhile, Lewis and Weaver were charged as adults. Lewis received a a sentence of nine years to life, but NBC News reports that he accused Weaver of being the person who stabbed Majors. As a result, Weaver received the heaviest sentence.