NYC high school student convicted in 2017 classroom slaying

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City high school student who says he was bullied has been convicted of manslaughter and assault in the fatal stabbing of a classmate.

A judge handed down the guilty verdict against Abel Cedeno (seh-DAYN’-yoh) on Monday at a non-jury trial in the Bronx.

Cedeno had been accused of killing 15-year-old Matthew McCree and wounding another student inside their classroom in 2017. Prosecutors claimed Cedeno came to school that day with a knife and was the aggressor in the attack.

It was the first homicide inside a New York City school since 1993.

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The 19-year-old defendant testified that he never intended to use the weapon but acted in self-defense after years of being bullied for being gay.

Cedeno faces five to 25 years in prison at sentencing on Sept. 10.

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