NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Luchiano Lewis, 16, was sentenced to 9 years in life on Thursday for his role in the stabbing assault on Barnard College student Tessa Majors.
Lewis, who was 14 at the time of the stab wounds, was charged as an adult.
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As CBS2’s Cory James reports, Lewis entered the courtroom Thursday afternoon before his conviction for the role he pleaded guilty to last month.
The 18-year-old’s father broke down during the victim impact letter read by the lawyer on behalf of the Majors family.
In one part, he said “with each legal proceeding we are forced to relive the event to relive the events of December 11, 2019. We have not been able to mourn our daughter properly in peace.
Minutes later, Majors’ dad left his front row seat as a video of his daughter’s last moments aired. Security camera footage captured majors struggling to climb the steps near Morningside Park after separating from the three defendants in the brutal attack.
His lawyer said Majors “had already been stabbed once in the heart. With each breath, she draws closer to death.
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The video shows Majors pulling out his phone, which the suspects had attempted to steal, before collapsing face down on the ground.
His father then returned to the courtroom, as their lawyer asked for the maximum sentence, stating that Lewis had asked his accomplice after the attack, “What did you get? What do you get? “
Lewis then spoke to the Majors family and his own father, saying, “I’m sorry I disappointed you and became less of the son you raised.”
When he asked Majors’ family to accept his apologies, his father looked away, his eyes swelling with tears.
The judge handed down the maximum sentence for the murder: nine years for life and three more years for theft, adding that Lewis, while in detention, had been involved in several fights, had contraband that could have been used as a weapon, and more recently he was involved in a violent gash with another inmate on a blanket which resulted in a new felony arrest.
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