Teenager convicted of fatal stabbing of rival cheerleader

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (WCBS) – A New York teenager will face several years in prison after pleading guilty to the stabbing of a rival cheerleader.

Emotional moments occurred Tuesday when a judge sentenced a 15-year-old cheerleader to three to nine years in prison. The teenage girl pleaded guilty to stabbing to death 16-year-old Kayla Green, a member of a rival cheerleading squad in Mount Vernon, New York.

Green’s mother, Laverne Gordon, spoke in court and afterwards about the pain she will forever feel at the loss of her promising daughter.

“Your killer can go out in three years to live her life, have a family, have a career. My daughter will never see that,” Gordon said.

Green was attacked after a Mount Vernon rally celebrating a basketball championship in April 2022. The attacker was a 15-year-old armed with a knife, which she showed on social media on April 8.

The motive is difficult to understand.

“A long-standing rivalry between two cheerleading teams in the town of Mount Vernon,” said Westchester County Judge Susan Cacace.

Cacace says the defendant, who is not named because of her age, had a history of violent behavior.

Prosecutors say there’s no way to truly understand what set her on her deadly path.

“This was a premeditated, senseless and malicious premeditated crime that caused immeasurable pain,” said Attorney James Bavero.

The 15-year-old expressed remorse in court and read a statement in tears.

“I think of all the different decisions I could have made that day that would have kept Kayla alive and spared her family this heartache. But that’s why everyone is here today, because I made bad decisions,” the statement said.

Pointing to a hopeful sign, the judge said the 15-year-old had been successful in detention and she hoped the teenager was on the way to making something of her life.

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