The self-defense case that deeply divided anti-violence advocates and parents and shocked the nation has come to a head in court.
Bronx teenager Abel Cedeno has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the stabbing of a 15-year-old student who he claims bullied him for his sexual orientation.
Cedeno, 19, was found guilty of all charges on Monday for the fatal stabbing of Matthew McCree back in 2017. Cedeno previously testified that he suffered years of anti-LGBTQ abuse before stabbing 15-year-old McCree to death and seriously injuring classmate Ariane LaBoy at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx.
We are heartbroken by the conviction & sentencing of Abel Cedeno & the circumstances which led to the fatal incident at his school. From an early age, Abel was bullied by classmates for being gay & school officials failed to address or end the bullying. https://t.co/MYUt32oPaf
— AVP (@antiviolence) September 10, 2019
Meanwhile, he has maintained he was acting in self-defense when he brought a knife to school because he feared for his safety.
In July, Cedeno was convicted of first-degree manslaughter.
Spokespeople from the New York City Anti-Violence Project say his fate is a product of the school’s failures to prevent or interrupt anti-gay bullying.
“We are heartbroken by the conviction and sentencing of Abel Cedeno and the circumstances which led to the fatal incident at his school,” the organization said in a statement. “The inaction of the NYC Department of Education created a climate of increased bullying and lack of safety for Abel and led to the tragic altercation that injured Ariane LaBoy and took the life of Matthew McCree.”