Conn. teen who killed classmate for prom rejection gets 25 years

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Christopher Plaskon stands during a hearing in Superior Court in Milford, Conn. Plaskon is charged with murdering classmate Maren Sanchez, 16, in a stairwell at Milford's Jonathan Law High School on the day of the junior prom on April 25, 2014. Attorneys said at a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, that a possible plea agreement had not been reached to resolve the case against 18-year-old Christopher Plaskon. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool, File)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Showing no emotion, Christopher Plaskon learned his fate. Investigators say he killed 16-year-old Maren Sanchez, two years ago on prom day at Jonathan Law High School. Plaskon was upset that Sanchez turned down his invitation to the junior prom.

And for the first time, the slain teenager’s parents spoke to the public.

“We’ve got an epidemic of issues at schools and the messages that we are sending are lenient sentences. I’m sorry. I honestly don’t think that it is doing justice,” said Maren Sanchez’s father Jose Sanchez. “Maren is in my soul. She walks with me everyday. And we will be doing a lot of magnificent things in the future with her leading,” added Maren’s mother, Donna Cimarelli-Sanchez.

The judge said factors that were taken into consideration included Plaskon’s age, mental development and mental issues. After the decision, Plaskon’s attorney Edward Gavin offered his opinion, “I think it’s fair comment to say that all sides are walking away today unhappy. I have a client that I am convinced was psychotic. Kevin is an experienced prosecutor and he feels that he wasn’t. But the judge was able to get us where were needed to be to resolve the case.”

“We felt that this was the sentence we could achieve without a trail which was something I believe was important in this matter in order to save the victims family from the trauma of reliving all of this all over again,” said state attorney Kevin Lawlor.

Because he has already served two years in jail, Plaskon is eligible for parole in 13 years. Lawlor added, “He would be eligible for release after 60 percent of his sentence. That’s when he eligible for release. Not when he would be released.”

“I don’t believe in the death penalty personally but give some time for at least a person to come out when he’s a little more mellow. Not at an age where he is still a young person, a young man with all opportunities in front of him,” added Jose Sanchez.

 

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