Jan. 24, 2023 – Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced today that a 15-year-old was sentenced to three to nine years of incarceration after pleading guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree, a felony, for the April 2022 fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Kayla Green in Mount Vernon. The offense carries a maximum sentence of 3 1/3 to 10 years for a juvenile offender in the State of New York.

DA Rocah said: “A teenage defendant senselessly took the life of Kayla Green, and in doing so, left a community devastated. 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. 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.”

On April 8, 2022, at approximately 3:55 p.m., after a school celebration turned violent, the defendant stabbed Green, a Mount Vernon High School sophomore, in the abdomen with a knife on Gramatan Avenue in Mount Vernon. The victim was transported to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where she was pronounced dead.

The Mount Vernon Police Department arrested the defendant in Dobbs Ferry on the evening of April 8, 2022. The Westchester County Department of Public Safety and the FBI’s Westchester Safe Streets Task Force assisted with the investigation.

The case was before Judge Susan Cacace in Westchester County Youth Part, and was prosecuted by Homicide Bureau Chief Lana Hochheiser and Bureau Chief James Bavero, both of the Trials and Investigations Division.


Anna Young, Public Information Officer
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