“Our hearts ache as we watch Tess’s friends go back to school, perform in concerts and see all the things our daughter would never do,” she said in a statement.
Mr. Bogdanos then played a video to commemorate the last moments of Mrs. Majors’ life, taken near the corner of 116th Street and Morningside Drive.
When the video was played on three main stages – including one aimed at Mr. Lewis, without his head down – Mr. Bogdanos described to the court what was going on: Mrs. Majors slowly climbed the stairs, after she had already been stabbed at least once in her heart; Mrs. Majors walking towards the corner of the street; Mrs. Majors stood by the lamp, and fell.
After Mr. After Bogdanos finished, Mr. Lewis, trembling, spoke in court.
“As a person I feel ashamed, embarrassed and sad for the work I have done,” he said. “Nothing I say or do will change that fact.”
He apologized to Mr. Majors for the loss, paused, and spoke to his real father.
“Dad, I’m sorry I failed and for a while I acted like a person,” he said, adding, “I promise I’ll make you proud again.”
The judge, Robert Mandelbaum, stated before sentencing him that Mr. Lewis had fought several times with other detainees in the juvenile detention center, and that he had participated in the violent beating of a prisoner.
“I agree that a bad decision – even a terrible one – stand alone should not be forgiven if there is a minor offender,” Judge Mandelbaum said. “But the appellant has shown in a year and a half since this horrific incident that it was not a promotion.”