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Abel Cedeno Sentenced to 14 Years

Convicted of manslaughter, bullied gay high schooler denied youthful offender status — full report to come

Abel Cedeno in court last week with his attorneys, Robert J. Feldman and Christopher R. Lynn.
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Abel Cedeno, a bullied gay youth convicted of manslaughter in the 2017 stabbling death of his high school classmate Matthew McCree, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in a Bronx courthouse today. Cedeno has consistently maintained that he acted in self-defense when McCree and another youth, Ariane Laboy, attacked him in their classroom. Cedeno was denied youthful offender status in his sentencing, and also received eight years for the stabbing assault on Laboy. Those two sentences are to be served concurrently.

Gay City News will have a full report on what happened in the courtroom later today.

Updated 12:32 pm, September 10, 2019
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Tom says:
14 years for taking someone's entire life. Not sufficient!!
Sept. 10, 2:49 pm
jeremyhall2727 from jeremyhall2727@gmail.com says:
it was self-defense;Abel Cedeno made the right call. you can't just let people hurt you. he been getting bullied (attack) for a long time. no try to help him so he had no choice but the help his self. he be out in 7 for good behavior. the people who attack him didn't see him as a human to begin with. they saw him as an toy something they could throw around. the sad part no one didn't stop them when if first started. everyone let it happen over & over in tell someone died.
Sept. 10, 3:13 pm
Veronica says:
He should have received youthful offender status. This boy was a victim for too long. What person is not going to eventually snap after years of abuse and absolutely no support from the very school system that is suppose to protect our kids. I'm a parent of a once bullied child. I can say from experience that they just don't care. While I'm relieved he didn't get 50 years I'm saddened that his circumstances were not taken into consideration when he was given 14. No one should have died but I blame the school for that. Abel didn't have to go through what he went through either. Its a crying shame that the ones that allowed this to happen are not the ones doing the time.
Sept. 10, 3:32 pm
Jacob says:
I find it funny how people sit here justifying this kid who stabbed his classmate to death, but not kids who are bullied and shoot up a school... that is basically what you are justifying when you say the kid had a right to pull out a knife and kill his bullies. Hypocrisy never surprises me though. If anything I think this kid got off easy.
Sept. 10, 6:08 pm
Cici Ball from Inland Empire says:
stabbing*
Sept. 10, 8:13 pm
Veronica says:
I find it just as funny people who bring up school shootings when an incident like this happens. Who here is downplaying a school shooting and justifying a stabbing. A mention of one does not show preference to stabbings as opposed to shootings. Both are terrible tragedies. To even mention that he got off easy with 14 years well I really hope this is coming from someone who has done 14 years in the prison system and can vouch for what that is like. Abel on the day in question was getting pelted with paper and pencils with a teacher right in the classroom who did nothing before his classmate was stabbed by him. Absolutely nothing. In the years before that Abel got no help or support and now we want to blame him for taking matters into his own hands. Kids don't know better but we as adults do. When you choose to not get involved you leave children to their own devices. As always a child who is desperate is going to make the wrong choice. And this is coming from someone who as a child use to carry a box cutter for protection because it seemed to be a thing to get jumped by a group of kids for fun. Not once did I ever think that the possibility of someone dying at my hands was possible. That is because when I was kid they only thing that occurred in my mind is I want to feel safe. The box cutter will keep me safe. A child's cognitive thinking is not developed enough to even fathom what the consequences could be in carrying a weapon. However had I felt safe in school and not alone why would I had the need to carry one. I wasn't the only one who carried a weapon. I knew other kids who did as well. This is a reality that alot of adults or parents are not aware of or awake to. After all why would a parent even think their baby is doing that when school is suppose to be the safest place to be besides their own home? I can say not much has changed.
Sept. 11, 8:52 am
Dave from Manhattan says:
This sentence like most sentences that the court system give out are insanely sad. I understand someone was killed in the process and another victim was hurt! But sometimes the system should thoroughly investigate the circumstances of each individual case. As in this particular matter NO ONE has the right to bully and harass another person just because there sexual identity, race, age, defects, etc. does not correlate with their particular lifestyle. This right that we as American have to feel safe and live a life without any unwanted harassment or judgements is what’s being ignored by prosecutors and judges that just want to show they’re power in the public eye which disturbingly is what’s wrong by the justice system. In this matter and many other situations I think the justice system should look into what makes people do what they do, and I think 80% of the times they will find out the answer! In a lot of these situations the “perpetrator” and the victim need help both mentally and emotionally. And most of the times a sentence to prison or death is not the right answer. Maybe we should all pay attention when a cry for help is being requested and END Bullying and judgements against each other by helping one another not running from one another. Parents and Teachers should both listen to the out cry’s made by our children and for the parents that they’re child’s are the bullies learn how to reprimand and teach them respect for one another so that this doesn’t happen again!
Sept. 13, 2:04 am
Dave from Manhattan says:
By the way, why if this is a place of justice is the brother of the victim and the uncle of the victim not being prosecuted for armed robbery and tampering with evidence to an investigation which is as severe or maybe even more serious to what this perpetrator did to the victim while defending him self from bullying? Why is the prosecutor who is prosecuting the main case the same prosecutor prosecuting the victims brothers case? Isn’t that a conflict of interest? There is something really wrong with this case!!! FREE ABEL! He didn’t commit murder he fought back against bullying. How many victims of bullying haven’t committed sucide already and no bully has accounted for it. Isn’t this the same situation? Drop the mic!
Sept. 13, 2:25 am

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