Tessa Majors case: Third teen pleads guilty in murder, robbery of Virginia college student in New York

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NEW YORK (WPIX/WFXR/AP) — Just over two years after the stabbing death Barnard College student and Charlottesville native, Tessa Majors, the last of the three teens charged in connection with the crime pleaded guilty on Thursday.

Rashaun Weaver, who was 14 at the time of the botched robbery that led to Majors’ death, was accused of fatally stabbing the college student on Dec. 11, 2019.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office says Weaver pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, as well as both first-degree and second-degree robbery. The robbery charges were in connection to previous incidents where Weaver robbed passersby in Morningside Park.

Judge Robert Mandelbaum offered a sentence of 14 years to life to Weaver, but the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office told WFXR’s sister station, WPIX, they had initially recommended a minimum of 15 years.

Weaver is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 9, 2022.

Two other teenagers — Luchiano Lewis and an unnamed minor — previously entered guilty pleas in the case.

Lewis, who was 14 when the incident took place, was sentenced in October to nine years to life in prison for murder and robbery charges.

Meanwhile, the unnamed minor, who was 13-years-old when Majors died, was sentenced in June 2020 to 18 months in a juvenile detention center for first-degree robbery.

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