Boy, 14, in Tessa Majors case, sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention

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June 15, 2020 - 4:10 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The 14-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to robbery in the fatal stabbing last December of Barnard College student Tessa Majors was sentenced on Monday to 18 months in the custody of the Administration for Children's Services.

The teen -- who was 13 when the crime happened and was charged as a juvenile -- will serve a minimum of six months in a facility. After that, the ACS has the power to have him released, but still monitored.

Majors, 18, was stabbed to death on Dec. 11 in upper Manhattan's Morningside Park, just off the campus of Columbia University, as three teenagers tried to rob her.

The teen pleaded guilty earlier this month. He had been in juvenile detention since the Virginia native's death. Majors was going for run and was heading down a set of stairs at a park on West 116th Street near Morningside Drive on Dec. 11, 2019, when a group of boys who lives nearby attempted to mug her, but after she resisted, she was fatally stabbed. 

Initially, the teen said he was present at the Majors' killing and he picked up the knife at one point, but he later said he had nothing to with it.

Regardless, his existing admission and proximity to the crime make him responsible, officials said.