A 15-year-old who pleaded responsible to manslaughter within the demise of a cheerleader has discovered what number of years she’ll spend behind bars for the stabbing that took the life of 16-year-old Kayla Green.
“My family is broken and our heart will never mend,” stated Lavern Green, the sufferer’s mom, as household of the teenage cheerleading captain reacted to the sentencing.
The 15-year-old who admitted to the lethal stabbing was sentenced “for a term of three to nine years,” stated State Supreme Court docket Justice Susan Cacace, who clarified that it was a “juvenile sentence.”
The teenager, who shouldn’t be being recognized as a result of her age, admitted to stabbing Kayla after a parade celebration in Mount Vernon for the varsity’s basketball workforce in April 2021. Kayla was rushed to Jacobi Hospital within the Bronx, the place she died from her accidents.
One other lady, 16 year-old Maniece Simpson, survived after additionally being knifed. She gave a sufferer affect assertion together with Kayla’s household.
“This was an intentional, senseless and vicious crime which has caused immeasurable pain,” stated Assistant Westchester County DA James Bavero.
Police in Mount Vernon stated they have been in a position to establish the suspect from a handful of movies that captured the assault. A motive stays unclear.
The defendant addressed the household, sobbing via a press release through which she stated “I wish there was more I could do than say I am sorry.”
However the sufferer’s household was not shopping for the lady’s apology.
“Three years for a murder is nothing. That’s nothing. We have to go to visit a grave to see my niece,” stated Tasania Rhoden, the sufferer’s aunt. “And meanwhile, there’s a young woman who in three years, will be outside skipping.”
The household’s lawyer vowed to carry faculty officers and others accountable as effectively.
“Every party, every system failed. We had a young lady in school, wreaking havoc in the Mount Vernon school system,” stated Lauren Raysor, the lawyer for the Green household. “They were fully aware of what this young lady was doing inside that school and it was a danger to every young person who was in the school, and they did nothing.”
The teenager who was sentenced shall be saved in a juvenile detention middle till she is eighteen years previous. Relying on her habits, she might be out after that — in three years — and by no means serve time in state jail.