A teen involved in the slaying of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors will be sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention on Monday afternoon — the maximum under the law, according to the city Law Department.
Zyairr Davis, 14, is expected to appear by video monitor at 3 p.m. in Manhattan Family Court, where Judge Carole Goldstein will hand down the term, which was accidentally disclosed in a press release sent out in advance of the proceeding.
Davis previously copped to one count of first-degree robbery as part of a plea deal, admitting that he helped two pals commit the botched mugging of the 18-year-old student Dec. 11 in Morningside Park.
Davis, who was just 13 at the time of Majors’ death, was charged as a juvenile and faced between six and 18 months in detention.
“While we have brought this portion of this horrific case to a close, we know that the pain of this loss will endure,” said city Corporation Counsel James Johnson, whose office prosecuted the case. “As a legal matter, the resolution of the case against this juvenile is appropriate. Outside of the courtroom, we know that no resolution can diminish the loss and grief suffered by the Majors family.”
The Administration for Children’s Services operates the detention facility and has the discretion to release Davis after just six months, according to the press release.
Shortly before the attack, Davis said, he passed a knife to Rashaun Weaver, 15, who allegedly used it to fatally stab Majors — as Luchiano Lewis, 15, allegedly held Majors in a headlock.
During Davis’ June 3 plea deal, he said the trio went to the park that night planning to rob someone.
“We saw Tessa Majors walking on the stairs inside the park. Rashaun went up to her and said something to her, and Tessa yelled for help,” he said. “Rashaun used the knife that I had handed to him to stab Tessa, and I saw feathers coming out of her coat.”
Rashaun, Davis said, allegedly took a plastic bag out of Majors’ pocket and the trio fled.
After Davis’ Dec. 13 arrest, he told cops in a chilling videotaped confession that he didn’t realize Lewis was stabbing Majors until her down jacket ripped open.
“I didn’t see him take the knife out, but I see all the feathers coming out of her coat,” he told detectives in the videotaped confession that was played during a hearing.
Davis was initially charged with felony murder. The cases against Weaver and Lewis — who face murder and robbery charges as adults — are still pending in Manhattan Supreme Court.
An aspiring journalist and alt-rock composer, Majors hailed from Charlottesville, Virginia.
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