Murderer Gets 6 Months

PUBLISHED: 5:38 PM 16 Jun 2020

Tessa Majors’ Murderer Gets Only 6 Months: Grieving Parents Blast “Community” Decision

This seems wrong on so many levels that it’s hard to pick just one.

Majors was repeated stabbed and murdered. (Source: CBS NY YouTube Screenshot)

One of the teen thugs involved in slaughtering Tessa Majors has just been given a walk.

CBS reported:

A 14-year-old boy involved in the stabbing death of New York City college student Tessa Majors was sentenced Monday to a minimum of six months in a limited secure facility. The boy, who was 13 at the time of Majors’ killing in December, previously admitted to robbery in the first degree.

CBS New York reported the teen appeared relaxed and somewhat bored during Monday’s sentencing, which was held over video conference inside the court.

The boy will be placed in the custody of the Administration for Children’s Services for 18 months, according to a press release from the New York City Law Department. He’ll “serve a minimum of six months in a limited secure facility, after which the ACS has the discretion to release the juvenile and monitor his progress in the community,” the release said. “His placement may be extended until his 18th birthday.”

The teen was among a group of three at New York City’s Morningside Park on the evening of December 11, near the Barnard College campus where Majors was a freshman. The boy said that he picked up a knife a friend dropped and gave it to another teen, who prosecutors said fatally stabbed Majors multiple times. She managed to climb up a staircase onto the street, where a security guard found her and called for help.

A city attorney read a statement from the Majors family that described the pain they are feeling over losing their child, saying in part: “On Labor Day weekend 2019, the parents of Tess Majors dropped her off at Barnard College in New York City to begin her freshman year of college. One hundred days later, they brought her home to Virginia in an urn.”

“Tess would have turned 19 on May 11th. That day has come and gone without her. The Majors family has experienced their first Christmas without her, a holiday that will be forever tainted by sharing the month of her murder,” the statement continued. “The first Mother’s Day without her has come and gone, the first Father’s Day without her will be this Sunday. The Majors family wakes up thinking about her and goes to bed thinking about her. Her absence is palpable and unrelenting.”

On Monday, the boy’s attorney from the Legal Aid Society said “our client expressed that he was heartbroken when the victim died … he thinks about it every day.”

The other two teens, both 14, were taken into custody in February and are being charged as adults. Their cases are pending.

NBC reported:

At the sentencing hearing for that teen, Majors’ parents Inman and Christy Majors released a victim impact statement blasting all sides of the trial, ranging from the defense, the prosecution, to the defendant himself.

The family said that the teen “has shown a complete lack of remorse or contrition” for his role in the killing.

“By his own admission, the respondent picked up a knife that had fallen to the ground and handed it to an individual who then used it to stab Tess Majors to death,” the statement read. “The family can’t help but wonder what would have happened if that knife had been left on the ground.”

The grieving parents also noted the plea deal’s studious avoidance of the word murder.

“They note as well the language used by the Legal Aid Society in their press release regarding the plea deal, which states that ‘Tess Majors’s death was tragic.’ Reading this description of events, some might wonder if perhaps Tess Majors was involved in an accident,” the parents’ statement said. “Tess Majors did not die in an accident.  Tess Majors was murdered, plain and simple, and no amount of semantic gymnastics changes that fact.”

They also voiced anger over the prosecution’s statement that said “this plea deal resolution is “in the best interest of the community.” The Majors family wonders how many in the community — any community, including the many Tess was a part of and the ones that her family members continue to be a part of — would agree with this assessment.”

Read the full statement from Inman and Chrity Majors below:

There are no words adequate to describe the pain and suffering that the family of Tess Majors has endured since her death by murder.

On Labor Day weekend 2019, the parents of Tess Majors dropped her off at Barnard College in New York City to begin her freshman year of college. One hundred days later, they brought her home to Virginia in an urn.

What words could be used to describe that grief? Compounding the sudden loss of their talented, kind, and beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, cousin, and niece is the incredibly violent nature of her death, which has been described in grisly detail by the respondent himself. 

The family can, however, articulate how these hearings have amplified their pain.  On December 12th, the day after Tess Majors was murdered in Morningside Park, the respondent confessed to his role in her slaying.  Six months later, in his plea deal, the respondent has confessed to telling the truth in December.  The Majors family wonders what these hearings have been about. 

The family notes the negotiated parsing of language of the plea deal which studiously avoids use of the word “murder.”  They note as well the language used by the Legal Aid Society in their press release regarding the plea deal, which states that “Tess Majors’s death was tragic.” Reading this description of events, some might wonder if perhaps Tess Majors was involved in an accident.   Tess Majors did not die in an accident.  Tess Majors was murdered, plain and simple, and no amount of semantic gymnastics changes that fact.

The family also notes that–from December 12th until this day–the respondent has shown a complete lack of remorse or contrition for his role in the murder of Tess Majors. By his own admission, the respondent picked up a knife that had fallen to the ground and handed it to an individual who then used it to stab Tess Majors to death.

The family can’t help but wonder what would have happened if that knife had been left on the ground.

The family of Tess Majors was also impacted by the statement put out by the Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, which claimed that the respondent was “not the main actor in the murder.”  As far as the family is concerned, there are no minor actors in the murder of Tess Majors.  The Corporation Counsel’s statement also states that this plea deal resolution is “in the best interest of the community.” The Majors family wonders how many in the community—any community, including the many Tess was a part of and the ones that her family members continue to be a part of–would agree with this assessment. 

Tess would have turned 19 on May 11th.  That day has come and gone without her.  The Majors family has experienced their first Christmas without her, a holiday that will be forever tainted by sharing the month of her murder.  The first Mother’s Day without her has come and gone, the first Father’s Day without her will be this Sunday.  The Majors family wakes up thinking about her and goes to bed thinking about her.  Her absence is palpable and unrelenting.