Bronx teen found guilty of manslaughter for stabbing classmate to death

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A Bronx teen has been convicted of stabbing his classmate to death after the defendant claimed he was acting in self defense following years of being bullied for his sexuality.

Abel Cedeno, 19, was found guilty on all three counts against him - manslaughter, assault and weapon possession - on Monday by Justice Michael Gross.

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His mother broke down in tears outside the courtroom after the verdict was handed down.

Cedeno faces between five and 25 years in prison at his sentencing on September 10.

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The defendant admitted to fatally stabbing 15-year-old Matthew McCree and seriously injuring another classmate, Ariane LeBoy, in a classroom at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in September 2017.

His lawyers said he brought a knife to school for protection after being bullied and argued that he was acting in self defense when he stabbed the students.

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Cedeno took the witness stand last week and told the judge that he was punched in the face multiple times on the day of the deadly confrontation at the now-closed school.

Sporting a blue-and-purple hair and a heart-shaped rainbow pin on his lapel, the defendant said he produced a switchblade in history class to defend himself against his tormentors.

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The trial also saw testimony from students and teachers who witnessed the deadly attack, and from a doctor who examined the victim.

Dr John Hayes, from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, on Monday described McCree's chest wound as 'gaping and complex,' reported New 12 The Bronx.

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He told the court that Cedeno's blade pierced the teenager's heart about 3 inches deep and caused one of his lungs to collapse.

Jurors also heard graphic testimony from Matthew Lawlor, who was a dean at the school at the time of the stabbing.

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