WHITE PLAINS, NY — Bryan Stamps, 16, of New Rochelle was sentenced today as a Juvenile Offender to one to three years in state prison for Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, related to a stabbing at New Rochelle High School in January 2018. Westchester County Court Judge Barry Warhit presided.
On Jan. 18, 2018, Stamps stabbed another student inside New Rochelle High School. That student was taken to a hospital trauma unit where he underwent surgery and was treated for serious injuries. Stamps fled New York. After close to four months, the FBI located Stamps in Alabama where he was taken into custody May 14, 2018. He waived extradition to New York two days later. Westchester County Police Warrants Squad picked him up in Alabama and returned him to Westchester County.
In court today, Assistant District Attorney Kerrie Williams read an impact statement from the victim’s grandmother listing the trauma Stamps imposed on her grandson, family and the other students and teachers at New Rochelle High School. In her letter, the grandmother also said in regards to the adults who helped Stamps flee the law and remain in Alabama, “Shame on you.” She added, “Bryan does not seem to understand the seriousness of his actions.”
Stamps was indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury April 16, 2018. Pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 4, 2018.
ADA Kerrie Williams of the Superior Court Trial Division prosecuted the case.
Rebecca Solomon of News12 reported she spoke with Stamps’ mother who complained her son was unfairly prosecuted.
The City School District of New Rochelle has never conducted an internal investigation to determine why no one at the school called police to report the stabbing, why Medical Director Brooke Balchan ordered her staff not to call for an ambulance and why security staff repeatedly opened exterior doors during the lockout called after the stabbing occurred.