A 20-year-old from the Bronx has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing a classmate and critically injuring another in 2017.
Abel Cedeno kept his eyes on the floor when a judge announced the punishment in the Bronx Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Cedeno admitted earlier that he was fatally stabbing 15-year-old Matthew McCree and injuring another classmate, 16-year-old Ariane LaBoy, in a classroom at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in September 2017.
He was found guilty of manslaughter, assault and possession of weapons in July and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Justice Michael Gross refused to offer Cedeno's juvenile offender status because of the seriousness of the charges.
Prior to his conviction, Cedeno told the court that he was & # 39; terrible & # 39; felt about the pain he caused to the families of both victims.
& # 39; I will have to live with that for the rest of my life, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I am so sorry and wish I could take it all back. & # 39;
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Abel Cedeno, 20, was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison in the Bronx Supreme Court for killing a classmate and critically injuring another in 2017
Cedeno showed little emotion when the sentence was spoken. Prior to his conviction, Cedeno told the court that he was & # 39; terrible & # 39; felt about the pain he caused to the families of both victims
The Cedeno defense team tried to convince the judge that the teenager was acting in self-defense and claimed that he was bringing the knife used in the attack to school to protect against bullies who had been harassing him for years.
Cedeno took the witness a week before the verdict was pronounced, and told the judge that he was beaten several times on the day of the deadly confrontation at the now closed school.
He said he produced a link in the history class to defend himself against bullies.
In a statement after the verdict was pronounced, Darx Clark district officer, Bronx, said: “A 15-year-old boy was killed and the life of another youth was forever changed by the crime of this suspect.
& # 39; There was no evidence during the trial that Matthew McCree or Ariane LaBoy had ever bullied the suspect.
& # 39; His explosion of anger has left so many lives in ruins, including his own. Now he will spend many years in prison. As a society, we must do everything to prevent violence in our schools. & # 39;
Cedeno was found guilty of manslaughter, assault and possession of weapons in July by fatally stabbing 15-year-old Matthew McCree (left) and seriously injuring 16-year-old Ariane LaBoy (right) at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in September 2017
McCree & # 39; s mother Louna Dennis (second right) told out-of-court reporters that she was satisfied with the sentence. & # 39; I didn't get my 50, but I take 14, & # 39; she said
Ariane LaBoy, who barely survived Cedeno's attack, joined his mother Felicia LaBoy in sentencing. Felicia told reporters that her son has not been the same since the incident
McCree & # 39; s mother Louna Dennis spoke to reporters out of court and said she was satisfied with the sentence.
& # 39; I didn't get my 50, but I take 14, & # 39; said Dennis. & # 39; If he had become a juvenile offender, it might have been one and a half. I take the 14. & # 39;
The teen's aunt, Lacey Providence, told the moment McCree & # 39; s family heard he was dead.
& # 39; They told my sister that Matthew had succumbed to his injuries and was dead. At that time I felt weak and could not keep my balance, & Providence said.
& # 39; While I was watching my sister, she rolled over the floor and asked them: & # 39; How am I supposed to go home without my son? & # 39;
Dennis said her sister's comments flowed everything back to her.
& # 39; It is as if I was placed behind in the emergency room, detectives came in and told me that my son died. Everything started flowing back, & she said.
Felicia LaBoy, whose son Ariane has barely survived the attack, said the mental and physical damage he suffered has had a lasting impact.
& # 39; The Ariane who returned from the hospital in October 2017 is not the Ariane I sent to school on September 27, 2017, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; He lost his best friend, his youth and his joyful nature. What he got was physical pain, emotional pain, and a level of cynicism that no teenager should have. & # 39;
The defendant's mother, Luz Hernandez, seemed distraught when she left the courthouse. The Cedeno family denounces the public school system of New York City and claims that more could have been done to prevent the alleged bullying and stab incident
The Cedeno defense team tried to convince the judge that the teenager was acting in self-defense and claimed that he was bringing the knife used in the attack to school to protect against bullies who had been harassing him for years. The suspect is shown in court on July 15
The trial saw testimony from various students and teachers who witnessed the deadly attack, and from a doctor who examined the deceased victim.
Dr. John Hayes, from the Chief Medical Examiner's office, described McCree & # 39; s chest wound as & # 39; gaping and complex & # 39 ;, reported New 12 The Bronx.
He told the court that Cedeno's knife pierced the teen's heart about 3 centimeters deep and one of his lungs collapsed.
Jury members also heard graphic testimonials from Matthew Lawlor, who was dean at the school at the time of the stabbing.
& # 39; In the distance I saw blood rolling out of the classroom … from his chest, the blood sticking out and he collapsed. & # 39;
A friend of McCree, 17-year-old Tyler Lilavois, testified that Cedeno was the aggressor and challenged his classmates to a fight after being hit with a paper ball.
Lilavois said that McCree confessed that he had thrown the ball and apologized to Cedeno, but that he would allegedly challenge the 15-year-old to a fight after meeting his classmates & # 39; p *** ies & # 39; had mentioned, according to New York Daily News.
Another witness, Aanaiya Santiago, 17, presented a similar version of events in her testimony at the start of the trial New York Post.
She cited Cedeno as against McCree that he had to & # 39; stop & # 39 ;, which is a jargon for starting a fight.
Video from mobile phone recorded the deadly encounter at the now closed Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation. McCree is seen on the right in a white shirt
The Cedeno lawyers said he brought a knife (photo) to school for protection after being bullied and claimed that he acted in self-defense when he stabbed the students
Cedeno told ABC New York in December 2017 that he initially tried to run away on September 27, 2017, when his classmates would not stop bullying him.
& # 39; I was at the entrance of the class, & # 39; he said to the exhaust. & # 39; And they kept throwing things. The class was very noisy and loud and everything.
& # 39; I just broke. I started screaming and screaming. & # 39;
Cedeno said he was bullied since high school when he first started to struggle with being gay.
He said classmates told him & # 39; derogatory & # 39; mentioned words and mocked his flamboyant character – he said he should be gay because he grew his hair and has a high voice.
Cedeno claimed that the years of bullying led him to commit suicide the day before the attack.
& # 39; I tried to take an overdose of pills, but I woke up the next day, & # 39; he explained.
& # 39; I didn't want to be surrounded by those children. When I went to school, I felt trapped. As if I was put in a cage with a lot of animals. & # 39;
His family sues the New York City public school system and claims that more could have been done to prevent the alleged bullying and incident.
McCree & # 39; s mother has strongly denied that her son was a bully.
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