Teen who killed classmate for prom rejection gets 25 years

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Christopher Plaskon stands during a hearing in Superior Court in Milford, Conn. Plaskon is charged with murdering classmate Maren Sanchez, 16, in a stairwell at Milford's Jonathan Law High School on the day of the junior prom on April 25, 2014. Attorneys said at a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, that a possible plea agreement had not been reached to resolve the case against 18-year-old Christopher Plaskon. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool, File)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH/AP) — A Connecticut teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for stabbing a classmate to death at their high school because he was upset she turned down his prom invitation.

A judge handed down the sentence to 19-year-oldChristopher Plaskon on Monday in Milford Superior Court. Attorneys spoke with News 8 and indicated that Plaskon will be eligible for parole after completing 60-percent of his sentence.

Plaskon pleaded no contest to murder in March in the killing of 16-year-old Maren Sanchez inside Jonathan Law High School in Milford on the day of the junior prom in April 2014.

Plaskon’s attorneys have said he showed signs of psychosis and they considered aninsanity defense.

Sanchez’s parents filed a lawsuit accusing the school system of negligence, saying she told a guidance counselor that Plaskon was troubled and capable of hurting others. School officials have declined to comment.

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