A 15-year-old New York girl . Who stabbed a 16-year-old cheerleader in April has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
The teenager, who has not been identified because of her age, pleaded guilty last . Month to first-degree murder in the death of Kayla Green, a sophomore at. Mount Vernon High School.
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An “altercation” involving some cheerleaders began after the off-campus festivities. Then-Mount Vernon City Schools Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton. Who has since left his position, said in an April livestream on the district’s Facebook page.
It is not clear what triggered the clash. Green and defendant were members of the . Supreme All Stars, an independent cheer squad, and Green later became a cheerleader at . Mount Vernon High School in Lowhood, which covers the Lower Hudson Valley.
The accused stabbed Greene in . The stomach with a knife on Gramatan Avenue in Mount Vernon, prosecutors said.
Another student was injured but is expected to make a full recovery, police said at the time. An more assault charge related to . That injury was dropped, the district attorney’s office said.
District Attorney Miriam Rokah said in a statement about the sentencing. A juvenile defendant took . The life of Kayla Green and in doing so destroyed a community.”
Defendant must remain in the custody of the State Office of Children and . Family Services until age 18 After that, he will be transferred to the custody of the state . Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The district attorney’s office said.
The accused tendered a tearful apology to the family in court.
“I could have done more than say sorry,” he said, according to New York.
But the apology did not reach the victim’s family.
“My family is broken, and our hearts . Will never mend,” Greene’s mother, Laverne Greene, said outside . The courtroom after the sentencing.
“Three years is nothing for a murder. That’s nothing. We have to go see a grave to see my niece,” said Tasania Roden, the victim’s aunt. “And in the meantime, there’s a young lady who’s going to be out in three years.” New York
Green family attorney . Lauren Racer said after the sentencing: “Every party, every system has failed. There was a young woman at our school, wreaking havoc on the Mount Vernon school system. New York
“They were aware of what this young . Woman was doing inside that school, and it was a danger to every young person in the school, and they did nothing,” he said.
has reached out to. The school district and an attorney for the juvenile defendant for comment. New York
Correction (January 25, 2023, 9:30 p.m. ET): An . Earlier version of this article misspelled the last name of the. Westchester County District Attorney. She is Miriam Rokah, not Roach.