The brutal stabbing death of 18-year-old Tessa Majors about two years ago shocked New Yorkers and Americans across the country.
This week, ABC News reported that the third and final suspect tied to the homicide has pleaded guilty.
Sentencing set for January
Majors was a freshman at Columbia University’s Barnard College when she was attacked while walking through a park in Manhattan in December 2019.
Rashaun Weaver, who was just 14 at the time of the deadly attack, reportedly wielded a stolen knife, stabbing the victim to death during a botched robbery attempt. Investigators determined that Majors fought back and bit the hand of her assailant in an effort to escape.
Prosecutors charged Weaver as an adult and he is set to be formally sentenced on Jan. 19. He could face up to life in prison after pleading guilty to this crime and two separate robberies.
Luchiano Lewis, who was also 14 at the time of the crime, similarly pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree robbery during a court appearance in September. He has subsequently been sentenced to nine years to life.
The third individual, an unnamed juvenile, reportedly also pleaded guilty to unspecified crimes and received a sentence of 18 months of detention.
“Deeply remorseful for his actions”
In the end, the victim’s bite left behind some crucial evidence that led to the conviction of her attackers.
Weaver reportedly admitted to a codefendant that he was bitten during the attack and that information ultimately made it back to his incarcerated father.
That evidence helped police determine that Weaver had been the primary assailant. The bombshell revelation was leaked to the public, apparently prompting Weaver’s mother to attempt to hide her fugitive son, who was ultimately arrested a couple of months later.
The teen went on to plead guilty, though his attorney reportedly disagreed with the plea deal. Instead, the lawyer argued that Weaver was an otherwise good kid and was sorry for his grievous mistake.
“Rashaun is deeply remorseful for his actions and doesn’t want his life to be defined by this,” Jeff Lichtman said, according to CBS New York. “It isn’t going to be easy, but I think it was the right thing to do. I don’t feel good about this plea, it’s too high for a kid who was 14 years old when this occurred.”