Mount Vernon, New York: On Tuesday, December 20, a 15-year-old girl plead guilty to manslaughter in the first degree for the April 8, 2022 fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Kayla Green.
As a part of the plea deal, the teen will be sentenced to between three and nine years in state prison on January 24, 2023.
In a statement released by the Westchester County Office of the District Attorney, District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah said, "Today, the defendant has taken responsibility for ending the life of Kayla Green and now faces consequences for this tragic and devastating incident. We hope the families of all impacted by this senseless violence can begin the journey to healing."
At approximately 3:55 pm on April 8, Kayla, who was captain of the junior varsity cheer squad at Mount Vernon High School, was at a parade celebrating the boys basketball team's state championship following an undefeated season.
Following the celebration, a fight broke out involving a number of teenagers. During that fight, Kayla was fatally stabbed in the abdomen, and another cheerleader, Mainece Simpson was attacked.
The defendant, a cheerleader from another school, had initially been charged with first-degree manslaughter, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
As a result of the plea deal the additional charges were dropped.
Earlier this year the victims' families had expressed frustration when a Westchester grand jury did not upgrade the charges against the defendant to murder and attempted murder.
"Everyone is just not happy with the fact that you can kill someone and walk away with three years," Lauren Raysor, an attorney for Mainece's family said.