Teen sentenced to 25 years for fatal stabbing inside high school

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)

UPDATE: Christopher Plaskon has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of Maren Sanchez.


MILFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — A Connecticut teenager is facing sentencing for fatally stabbing a classmate at their high school on junior prom day in 2014.

“It’s a sad thing,” said John O’Briend of Milford.

Nineteen-year-old Christopher Plaskon is scheduled to be sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday in Milford Superior Court.

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 April 25, 2014. His family and friends have said he was upset that Sanchez turned down his prom invitation.

Plaskon’s attorneys had said he showed signs of psychosis and they considered an insanity defense.

Sanchez’s parents have 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.

Some Milford residents tell News 8 they think the sentencing will help the community move on.

“It will take time but it will take some closure people still have feelings,” said Alex Tabak of Milford.

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