Tessa Majors, a student at Barnard, was stabbed to death by a teenager who was 17 at the time.
The teen who killed Tessa Majors at Barnard College will be sentenced on Wednesday, ending a case that shocked New York City for more than two years.
Today, Rashaun Weaver, 16, will find out what happened to him during a hearing at Manhattan Supreme Court in the afternoon.
After he agreed to plead guilty to murder and robbery charges last month, he faces 14 years to life in prison. He stabbed 18-year-old Virginia college freshman Majors on December 11, 2019.
With two friends from middle school, Weaver was 14 when they tried to rob Majors in Morningside Park. Luciano Lewis and Zyairr Davis were also in middle school, and were 14 and 13 at the time.
She passed the three people while looking at her phone, and Weaver was the first one to attack. Her back was kicked hard by him.
As the teen muggers came down on Majors, she tried to fight them off. At one point, she bit Weaver in the finger, which caused him to get angry.
Majors was in a headlock when Lewis held her by the neck, and Weaver kept stabbing and stabbing, piercing her heart and sending the feathers of her down coat flying into the air. The boys took her iPhone.
When Davis was charged as a juvenile offender, he was the first person to plead guilty in the case. In 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison for that crime.
Lewis agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in September. The next month, he was sentenced to up to nine years in prison or life in prison.
Inman Majors, the father of the victim, read a heartfelt statement at the sentencing of Lewis. Last month, he also came from Virginia to see the last of the people who killed his daughter plead guilty.
It was part of Weaver’s plea deal to plead guilty to two theft charges, too. In court, the teen could have been sentenced to anywhere from 20 2/3 years to life if found guilty.