Luchiano Lewis, one of three teens charged for the 2019 murder of Barnard College student Tessa Majors, received a nine year to life prison sentence from a Manhattan judge on Thursday.

Lewis, 16, was given the maximum sentence allowable for an offender his age. The teen pled guilty last month to first-degree robbery and second-degree murder.

“On December 11, 2019, the hopes and dreams for our daughter Tess came to a tragic end,” wrote Inman Majors, Tessa’s father, in a statement read by prosecutors at Thursday’s sentencing hearing. “Nearly two years later, we still find words inadequate to describe the immeasurable pain, trauma, and suffering that our family has endured since her senseless murder.”

“As a human, I feel ashamed, embarrassed and sad,” Lewis said in court. “I am not the monster you once thought I was.” He also reportedly apologized to his own father, who was present on Thursday.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Robert Mandelbaum noted that Lewis had been busted for possessing contraband and had been reported for attacking another inmate while in jail when he handed down the nine-year sentence.

“Sadly and troubling, the defendant has learned no lesson,” the judge said Thursday.

Tessa Majors Killed in Brutal 2019 Attack

According to prosecutors, 18-year-old Tessa Majors was walking through Morningside Park in Manhattan on a Wednesday night in December, 2019, when Luchiano Lewis, then 14, and two of his middle-school friends — Rashaun Weaver, who was also 14, and Zyairr Davis, who was 13 — attacked in her what police speculated was a botched robbery.

“Rashaun turned around, ran up behind Tessa Majors and kicked her hard in the back,” Lewis said in court last month. “I watched her stumble. Rashaun started screaming, ‘Give me your money, run your pockets, I’m not playing!’”

After Majors cried for help, Lewis said that he put her in a headlock, but told the court that what happened next “was not part of our plan.”

Weaver proceeded to stab her repeatedly in the chest, piercing Majors’ heart and killing her.

Lewis told the court that he did not realize that Majors was dead until he read a news story on his phone the following day. He admitted that the trio were in the park that night hoping to commit a robbery, which he said was Weaver’s idea.

Tessa Majors, 18, was murdered in Manhattan's Morningside Park in 2019. One of her killers, Luchiano Lewis, 16, was sentenced to 9 years to life on Thursday.
Tessa Majors, 18, was murdered in Manhattan’s Morningside Park in 2019. One of her killers, Luchiano Lewis, 16, was sentenced to 9 years to life on Thursday. Photo credit: Instagram

Two Convicted, One More on Trial

Lewis became the second teen to be sentenced in Majors’ murder on Thursday, joining Zyairr Davis, who was sentenced to an 18-month stint in juvenile detention last year for his role in the slaying.

Only Davis received the courtesy of being charged as a juvenile delinquent — both Lewis and Weaver are being tried as adults.

That leaves Rashaun Weaver, who is awaiting trial. Prosecutors will likely not have a difficult task in convicting him, as reports indicate that he confessed the murder to his father in a phone call last September.

According to court documents, Weaver told his father — who was then serving time at a state prison in Rome, New York — that he had personally stabbed Tessa Majors to death.

“The defendant stated in substance that he was in the park and tried to take the girl’s phone and ‘she was hanging onto her phone’ and that he hit her with a knife,” court filings said.

He and Lewis were also indicted for a Valentine’s Day, 2020 robbery — a crime alleged to have taken place just one day before a grand jury indicted Weaver on the Majors murder.

In a bizarre twist, Weaver’s attorney is Jeffrey Lichtman, who has represented Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the past. Reports indicate that Weaver’s father convinced the defense attorney to represent his son pro bono.