A 15-year-old girl will spend up to nine years in prison in connection with the April 2022 death of a New York high school cheerleader.
The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office said Judge Susan Cacace sentenced the teenager, who was not named because she is a minor, to three to nine years in prison on Tuesday after she pleaded guilty in December.
The victim, 16-year-old Kayla Green, was a cheerleader at Mount Vernon High School when she was killed.
The fatal event took place during a big brawl after a parade for the 12th.
NEW YORK teenager pleads guilty to stabbing 16-YEAR-OLD CHEERLEADER
Kayla Green, 16, was fatally stabbed in April 2022 by a teenage girl over a cheerleading rivalry in Mount Vernon, New York.
(Kayla Green/Instagram @kaylabreonnagreen)
Green, a sophomore and the captain of the MVHS junior varsity cheer squad, was reportedly upset over a “longstanding” cross-town cheerleading rivalry, according to the judge. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
In an earlier report, the DA’s office said the girl who killed her was part of an independent cheer club that Green used to be a member of, according to the New York Post.
The defendant apologized in court before she was sentenced, expressing remorse for her “bad choice”.
“I think about all the different choices I could have made that day that would have left Kayla alive and saved her family this heartache. But that’s why everyone is here today because I made bad decisions,” CBS New York reported.
She also apologized for taking away a big sister and a daughter.
NEW YORK FATHER WHO KILLED DAUGHTER IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE INVOLVED IN 2 PRIOR INCIDENTS: POLICE
A New York teenager pleaded guilty to murder after stabbing a 16-year-old cheerleader after an event at Mount Vernon High School in April 2022.
Green’s family reported that the teenager’s sentence and apology were not enough because she could be out of prison in a few years.
“Her killer gets out in three years to live her life, have a family, have a career. My daughter will never see that,” said the victim’s mother Laverne Gordon, according to CBS 2.
District Attorney Mimi Rocah said in a statement that Green’s death was senseless and devastated the community.
“As a family and the Mount Vernon community remain in mourning, I want to reiterate my commitment to work with our vital community partners for meaningful violence prevention and intervention, especially for our youth,” Roch wrote. “I know that nothing can heal the pain of losing a child. My office will do what it can within the boundaries of New York’s laws to seek accountability in these cases.”
Kayla Green, a 16-year-old sophomore at Mount Vernon High School in New York, was killed in April 2022.
(Kayla Green/Instagram @thereal.kkmulanii)