Connecticut teen sentenced to 25 years for 2014 prom-day slaying

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Teen Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Prom Day Stabbing

June 6 (Reuters) - A Connecticut teenager was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for stabbing to death a female classmate in a school hallway hours before their 2014 junior prom.

Christopher Plaskon, 19, pleaded no contest in March to charges that he killed 16-year-old Maren Sanchez, the junior class president and a National Honor Society student, at Milford's Jonathan Law High School in April 2014.

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Connecticut Superior Court Judge John Ronan sentenced him in a Monday morning hearing, a court official confirmed.

Police said Plaskon attacked Sanchez in a hallway on the Friday morning of the prom, fatally stabbing her in the neck and torso. Police believe that he killed her after she rejected his invitation to the annual formal dance.

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Connecticut teen sentenced to 25 years for 2014 prom-day slaying
Attorney Edward Gavin, left, sits in superior court with his client Christopher Plaskon before Plakson's sentencing Monday, June 6, 2016 in Milford, Conn. Plaskon was sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally stabbing classmate Maren Sanchez inside Jonathan Law High School in Milford after she turned down his invitation to the junior prom in 2014. (Melanie Stengel/The Hartford Courant via AP, Pool)
Christopher Plaskon, right, with attorney Edward Gavin, appears in Superior Court in Milford, Conn., Monday, March 7, 2016. Plaskon has pleaded no contest in the killing of a classmate at their high school on junior prom day in 2014. (Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool) MANDATORY CREDIT
FILE _ In this June 4, 2014, file phot, Christopher Plaskon, 17, center, appears in Superior Court in Milford, Conn. A judge on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, has ordered the Connecticut teenager, accused of stabbing a classmate to death on the day of their prom, to be examined by psychiatrists for the state, after his lawyers announced they were pursuing an insanity defense. (AP Photo/New Haven Register, Arnold Gold, Pool, File)
A sign with a photograph of Maren Sanchez stands among a flowers left at a memorial rock Sanchez at Jonathan Law High School, Friday, May 2, 2014, in Milford, Conn. Sanchez was fatally stabbed inside the school last Friday hours before her junior prom. Christopher Plaskon, 16, was charged in the fatal stabbing of Sanchez. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
A sign at the entrance to Jonathan Law High School memorializes Maren Sanchez as a flag at half-staff blows in the distance on school grounds, Friday, May 2, 2014, in Milford, Conn. Sanchez was fatally stabbed inside the school last Friday hours before her junior prom. Christopher Plaskon, 16, was charged in the fatal stabbing of Sanchez. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
A girl stops at a memorial for Maren Sanchez outside Jonathan Law High School, Friday, May 2, 2014, in Milford, Conn. Sanchez was fatally stabbed inside the school last Friday hours before her junior prom. Christopher Plaskon, 16, was charged in the fatal stabbing of Sanchez. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Police stand outside as yellow tape surrounds the entrance of Superior Court in Milford where a hearing for Christopher Plaskon, 16, was held Friday, May 2, 2014, in Milford, Conn. Plaskon was charged in the fatal stabbing of Maren Sanchez, 16, who was killed April 25 inside a hallway at Jonathan Law High School in Milford hours before her junior prom. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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A knife was recovered near the crime scene, a police report stated. A witness saw Plaskon discard the bloody knife onto a hallway floor, according to the report.

According to court documents, as he was taken into custody, covered in blood, Plaskon told the arresting officer: "I did it. Just arrest me."

(Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston, editing by G Crosse)

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