Tessa Majors

Teen Gets 9 Years to Life in Murder of Barnard Student Tessa Majors

A 16-year-old New York boy was sentenced Thursday to nine years to life in prison for his role in the murder of 18-year-old Barnard student Tessa Majors in 2019.

Luchiano Lewis, who was 14 when he and two other teens attempted to rob Majors in Morningside Park, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in September, WLNY reported.

Lewis and his classmate, Rashaun Weaver, who was also 14 at the time of the murder, were both charged as adults with murder and robbery. Weaver has pleaded not guilty. The third teenager, who was 13 at the time, was charged as a juvenile and pleaded guilty to robbery last year. He was sentenced to 18 months in detention.

An attorney for Majors’ family read a victim impact statement before Lewis was sentenced.

“Our hearts ache as we watch Tess’s friends return to school, perform concerts, start new jobs, and experience all the things that our daughter never will. It is hard for many old friends to be around us. Our grief is too profound. We are too changed from the people we used to be,” the attorney said. “With every legal proceeding, we are forced to re-live the events of December 11, 2019. We have not been able to grieve our daughter properly or in peace. Nearly two years after her murder, we still have very little closure.”

Lewis spoke during the proceedings, telling his father he was sorry “that I failed you and became less of the son you raised.” He also addressed Majors’ family, asking them to accept his apology and prompting her father to turn away in tears.

The judge sentenced Lewis to the maximum time on the murder charge and added three-plus years for the robbery, noting that he had been in several fights while in custody and had been arrested for felony assault for an attack on another inmate.

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