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Westchester Teen Sentenced For Assault During High School Stabbing

Bryan Stamps.
Bryan Stamps. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

A teenager has been sentenced to time behind bars after pleading guilty to assault for his role in a high school stabbing in Westchester County last year.

Bryan Stamps, 16, has been sentenced as a Juvenile Offender to a term of between one to three years in state prison for first-degree assault, for his role in the stabbing at New Rochelle High School of a classmate.

Stamps had been charged as a juvenile offender on charges that include second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.

Following his guilty plea, Stamps was remanded into custody at Woodfield Cottage in Valhalla.

At approximately 8:50 a.m. on Jan. 18, 2018, the New Rochelle Police Department received a call from security guards at New Rochelle High School reporting that a stabbing had occurred at the school, and the suspect was seen on video fleeing the building, New Rochelle Police Capt. Robert Gazzola said.

Gazzola said that Stamps' 16-year-old victim suffered two puncture wounds to his torso and was transported to Jacobi Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and was treated for serious injuries.

Stamps managed to stay clear of law enforcement for four months, hiding out with family in Alabama until he was arrested on Monday, May 14 in "The Cotton State" and extradited back to Westchester to face the charges, officials said.

Stamps was held in a juvenile detention facility in Alabama while the New Rochelle Police Department and the Westchester County District Attorney’s office determined the details of his extradition for several days following his arrest.

According to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino's office, "a child who is 13, 14, or 15 years old and commits a felony or other violent act may be treated as a juvenile offender. The case is heard in the Supreme or County Court like adult cases, but the case can be transferred to Family Court. This is decided on a case by case basis. Convicted juvenile offenders can be punished like adults.

"They are placed with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services until their 16th birthday, then can be transferred to prison. Juvenile Offender’s criminal records are not sealed, unless the case is sent to Family Court."

In court on Thursday, Jan. 24, Assistant District Attorney Kerrie Williams read an impact statement from the victim’s grandmother listing the trauma Stamps imposed on her grandson, family and the other students and teachers at New Rochelle High School. 

In her letter, the grandmother also said in regards to the adults who helped Stamps flee the law and remain in Alabama, “Shame on you.” She added, “Bryan does not seem to understand the seriousness of his actions.”

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