Rashaun Weaver pled guilty Thursday to the 2019 stabbing of Tessa Majors. The final verdict comes two years after the Barnard College freshman was killed during a botched robbery in Morningside Park.

Weaver was just 14 years old at the time of the killing, and two of his friends, Luchiano Lewis and Zyairr Davis, who were 14 and 13, were also charged for their roles in the crime. Weaver was charged with two counts of second-degree murder. He pled guilty to one count of second-degree murder, one count of second-degree robbery, and one count of first-degree robbery

In the courtroom on Thursday, Weaver was mostly silent and only spoke to answer questions from the judge and read his plea. He wore a mask, green shirt and was restrained in handcuffs. Two guards stood next to him.

According to Rashaun Weaver’s lawyer, Jeffrey Litchman, the now 16-year-old is very remorseful for his role in the killing of Tessa Major.

Rashaun Weaver pled guilty to the Dec. 2019 murder of college student Tessa Majors. (Credit: Facebook)
Rashaun Weaver pled guilty to the Dec. 2019 murder of college student Tessa Majors. (Credit: Facebook)

Another fixture in the New York courtroom was Inman Majors, Tessa’s father. He drove up from Virginia to see his daughter’s final killer be brought to justice. Majors has been in the courtroom for every sentencing regarding his daughter’s murder, and according to him, the long court process has prevented his family from properly grieving for Tessa.

“With every legal proceeding, we are forced to re-live the events of December 11, 2019. We have not been able to grieve our daughter properly or in peace. Nearly two years after her murder, we still have very little closure,” said a statement by the Majors family.

Rashaun Weaver is scheduled to appear in court for his sentencing on Jan. 19, 2022. The 16-year-old is facing a possible sentence of 14 years to life in prison. By pleading guilty on Thursday, Weaver avoided a harsher sentence.

Rashaun Weaver could face 14 years to life in prison for stabbing 18-year-old Tessa Majors back in 2019. (Credit: Twitter)
Rashaun Weaver could face 14 years to life in prison for stabbing 18-year-old Tessa Majors back in 2019. (Credit: Twitter)

Both the prosecution and the defense said that they went back and forth about the recommended sentence for the young boy. While Weaver was just 14 at the time of the murder, the court also looked at the seriousness of the crime and his behavior in a youth detention center where he was being held for the last two years.

“It was an opportunity for Rashaun to put this behind him to avoid a much more serious sentence,” Jeffrey Lichtman, Weaver’s defense attorney said. “I think it was the right thing to do. I don’t feel good about this plea, I think it’s too high for a kid who was 14 years old when this occurred. That being said, this is a horrific crime.”

According to court records, Rashaun Weaver allegedly assaulted counselors who were trying to help him while staying at the Crossroads youth detention center. His lawyer argued that the Covid-19 pandemic and dealing with puberty caused him to lash out.

Tessa Majors, a freshman at Barnard College, was killed during a robbery gone wrong. (Credit: Twitter)
Tessa Majors, a freshman at Barnard College, was killed during a robbery gone wrong. (Credit: Twitter)

According to police reports, Tessa Majors was killed in Dec. 2019 when a botched robbery went wrong. The Barnard College student was walking through Morningside Park when Weaver, Lewis and Davis came up to her and tried to steal her phone. Weaver allegedly kicked Majors in the back, and she fell to the ground.

Majors fought back against her attackers and tried to scream for help. At one point, she bit Weaver’s finger and the young man yelled, “The (expletive) bit me.” Weaver then decided to stab Tessa Majors repeatedly while Lewis held her in a headlock.

During Lewis’ sentencing, lawyers showed video surveillance footage of the last moments of Tessa Majors’ young life. According to the video, the 18-year-old struggled to walk up a set of stairs while trying to find help.

In court, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos said, “she is struggling now up the stairs. She has minutes left to live. She does not realize at this point why she is light-headed or why she’s dizzy or why she can’t walk or why she can’t stand or why she’s about to fall. And she will get to this lamp pole and collapse. And she will die — face down — on a dirty New York City street at the hands of the defendant and two others.”

The three defendants were arrested for the murder of Tessa Majors two months after the killing. Lewis Luchiano was sentenced to nine years in prison in Sept. 2021, and Zyairr Davis received 18 months in a juvenile detention center for his role in the crimes.