Teen behind Milford classmate stabbing gets 25 years - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Teen behind Milford classmate stabbing gets 25 years

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Christopher Plaskon. (WFSB file photo) Christopher Plaskon. (WFSB file photo)
Maren Sanchez. (Family photo) Maren Sanchez. (Family photo)

A nightmare spanning two years has finally come to an end for many in Milford.

Christopher Plaskon, the teen who pleaded "no contest" to killing his classmate on the day of their prom, was sentenced in Milford Superior Court on Monday morning in front of a courtroom packed with family. 

He received 25 years, according to court officials. Plaskon will be eligible for parole in 13 years. 

The mother of the victim, Donna Cimarelli offered her statement on the death of her only child, Maren Sanchez in court,  "She brightened my day. She was my best friend. Maren had a way of making everyone fell important, accepted, loved -- and forever, I will be grateful."

Plaskon declined a chance to speak.

The stabbing happened on April 25, 2014, the day of the junior prom.

Prosecutors said Plaskon asked 16-year-old Maren Sanchez to be his date. However, she declined.

Later, Plaskon stabbed her while inside of their school, Jonathan Law High School.

Police swarmed the location and arrested Plaskon.

Sanchez's death left the community in shock.

Since her passing, numerous public memorials and tributes have been held in her name.

Plaskon, who is now 19, was found responsible for her death. He pleaded no contest by accepting a plea deal back in March.

His attorneys said they considered an insanity defense. They originally said that voices in his head made him do it.

They filed a suit against the school district claiming Sanchez warned a school counselor that Plaskon was capable of hurting someone.

While the judge and attorneys called the sentence fair, Sanchez's family felt it wasn't enough.

Maren's father, Jose Sanchez disagreed with the ruling, calling it lenient, "the message that it sends is that if you commit a crime as heinous as murder in the state of Connecticut, you're going to do very little time, you're going to walk out with a college degree, and you'll have your life back at one point."

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