A 15-year-old girl faces up to nine years in prison in connection with the stabbing death of a New York high school cheerleader in April 2022.
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 to first-degree manslaughter in December, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
Kayla Green, 16, was a cheerleader at Mount Vernon High School when she was killed.
The fatal incident occurred following a parade to celebrate the high school boys basketball team’s 12th state championship title.
Green, a sophomore and captain of the MVHS junior varsity cheer squad, was allegedly stabbed in the stomach over a “long-standing” cheerleading rivalry within the town, according to the judge. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to the New York Post, the DA’s office previously stated that the girl who killed her was a member of an independent cheer club Green used to be a member of.
Before she was sentenced, the defendant apologized in court, expressing regret for her “bad choices.”
“I think of all the different choices I could have made that day that would have left Kayla alive and saved her family this heartache. But that is why everyone is here today, because I made bad choices,” CBS New York reported.
She also apologized for taking away a big sister and a daughter.
Green’s family reportedly argued that the teenager’s sentence and apology were insufficient because she could be released from prison in a matter of years.
“Her assailant will be released in three years to live her life, have a family, and pursue a career. That will never be seen by my daughter “According to CBS 2, the victim’s mother, Laverne Gordon, stated.
Green’s death, according to District Attorney Mimi Rocah, was senseless and devastated the community.
“As a family and the Mount Vernon community remain in mourning, I want to reiterate my commitment to working with our vital community partners for meaningful violence prevention and intervention, especially for our youth,” Roch wrote. “I know that nothing can cure the pain of losing a child. My Office will do what it can within the bounds of New York’s laws to seek accountability in these cases.”