Teen Sentenced to 25 Years for Fatal Stabbing of Girl Who Refused to Go to Prom With Him
A Connecticut teen convicted of fatally stabbing a classmate who turned down his invitation to prom has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
A judge handed down the sentence to 19-year-old Christopher Plaskon in Milford Superior Court on Monday.
The horror ocurred on the day of Plaskon's junior prom in 2014. The teen pleaded no contest to the murder of 16-year-old Maren Sanchez.
After the bloody encounter, Plaskon was dragged to the principal's office, where he told authorities "I did it. Just arrest me," according to a police affidavit.
First responders performed life-saving measures on Sanchez at the scene, but she died from the wounds to her neck and torso.
Family and friends of Plaskon reportedly told police he was upset with Sanchez for rejecting his invitation. However, Plaskon's attorney argued the rejected invitation had nothing to do with the slaying.
Prior to his no contest plea, the AP reports that Plaskon's attorneys believed he'd shown signs of psychosis and considered an insanity plea.
That changed, however. After Monday's sentencing, Plaskon will be eligible for parole in 13 years.
Sanchez's parents expressed dissatisfaction that the sentence wasn't longer.
"The message that it sends is that if you commit a crime as heinous as murder in the state of Connecticut, you're going to do very little time, you're going to walk out with a college degree and you have your life back at one point," Sanchez's, Jose Sanchez, said. "And it's not the message that we want to send to the children in our schools when this has become an epidemic throughout the country."