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Teen convicted of killing Tessa Majors sentenced to 14 years behind bars


Devastated parents of murdered Barnard College student Tessa Majors watch her killer get MINIMUM 14-year sentence for knifing her to death in botched NYC park mugging

  • Rashaun Weaver, 16, the third and final suspect in the slaying of Tessa Majors in a botched robbery at Morningside Park in 2019 
  • He apologized to Majors’ mom and dad in Manhattan Supreme Court just before learning his fate 
  • The family of the 18-year-old college freshman from Virginia submitted an emotional victim impact statement that was read in court Wednesday 
  • In the statement, they said: ‘The victim is Tess Majors. Tess Majors cannot say how being murdered impacted her because she is dead. She is dead forever and will not be coming back’ 


A teenager convicted of killing 18-year-old Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors during a botched robbery in New York City’s Morningside Park in 2019 was sentenced Wednesday to the minimum of 14 years behind bars.

Rashaun Weaver, 16, the third and final suspect in the brutal slaying that rattled New York City just over two years ago, was 14 years old at the time of Majors’ death but was charged as an adult with second-degree murder and robbery.  

Weaver stabbed Majors as she walked through Morningside Park in the early evening of December 11, 2019. She collapsed after staggering up a flight of stairs. Two other teens were also arrested in the attack.  

Weaver was the third and final suspect to plead guilty to charges related to Majors’ slaying two years ago. 

Weaver pleaded guilty to murder and robbery charges, telling the court he ‘intentionally caused the death of Tessa Majors by stabbing her with a knife.’ 

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos previously said the Majors family consented to the sentencing range of 14 years to life for Weaver.

At his sentencing Wednesday, Weaver apologized to Majors’ mom and dad in Manhattan Supreme Court just before learning his fate.   

‘I want to apologize to the court and government, and your honor,’ Weaver told the court.

The family of the 18-year-old college freshman from Virginia submitted an emotional victim impact statement  that was read in court Wednesday. 

‘This is a victim impact statement,’ the victim’s statement read. ‘The victim is Tess Majors. Tess Majors cannot say how being murdered impacted her because she is dead. She is dead forever and will not be coming back.’

‘The family of Tess Majors doesn’t know what Tess would say at this moment about being murdered by Rashaun Weaver.

Rashaun Weaver, 16, the third and final suspect in the slaying that shocked New York City in 2019. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison in the Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday

Tessa Majors was 18 when she was was stabbed to death on December 11, 2019 in Morningside Park, Manhattan

Tessa Majors was 18 when she was was stabbed to death on December 11, 2019 in Morningside Park, Manhattan 

‘They know she was against murder and violence in general and that she never harmed another human being in her eighteen years on the planet.’

Weaver pleaded guilty last month to murder and robbery charges in the botched mugging on December 11, 2019 in Morningside Park, which is near the Manhattan campuses of Barnard College and Columbia University.  

He was 14 when he and two friends, Luciano Lewis and Zyairr Davis, set their sights on Majors while looking for someone to rob in Morningside Park.

While she was looking at her phone, Weaver was the first to attack as she walked by.

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