NYC boy, 16, who stabbed Barnard freshman Tessa Majors, 18, to death in Manhattan park pleads guilty to her murder and faces 14 years to life
- Rashaun Weaver, 16, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the killing of Tessa Majors, 18, in December 2019
- Weaver also pleaded guilty in connection with two robberies; he faces 14 years to life for his crimes
- Weaver is third and final suspect to plead guilty in connection with Majors’ murder
- Luchiano Lewis, 16, was sentenced to nine years to life after pleading guilty to second-degree murder this fall
- Zyairr Davis, 14, pleaded guilty to robbery last June and was sentenced to 18 months behind bars, the maximum for a juvenile
The teenage boy who plunged the knife into the heart of 18-year-old Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors during a botched robbery when he 14 years old pleaded guilty to her murder on Thursday.
Rashaun Weaver, who is now 16, appeared before Judge Robert Mandelbaum in Manhattan Supreme Court this afternoon and entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder in connection with Majors’ brutal killing in 2019, which sent shockwaves through New York City.
Weaver also pleaded guilty to felony counts of robbery stemming from two unrelated incidents, including the violent attack on a man in East Harlem on Valentine’s Day 2020, two months after the killing.
He faces 14 years to life in prison, the judge ruled on Thursday. His sentencing is scheduled for January 19.
Weaver’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, told DailyMail.com after the hearing that his client is ‘just a kid’ and feels ‘horrible’ about what happened.
‘This whole thing has been incredibly mortifying for him, and scary,’ said Lichtman, who took the case pro bono after representing Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. ‘He’s horrified about what he did.’