An 18-year-old who was convicted of repeatedly stabbing her 16-year-old cousin and then stealing her sneakers and other belongings was sentenced to 15-years-to-life in prison yesterday. Tiana Browne was 15 when she stabbed Shannon Braithwaite 49 times with a kitchen knife. Browne's aunt, Marva Braithwaite, had taken Browne in and said in court, "She rewarded me by leaving me childless, reaping out my very being. When you sit behind bars, you can never say you weren't loved. Shannon loved you. I loved you."
The News calls Browne "a runaway, a rape victim and the prodigal child of the family when Braithwaite's religious mother invited her to stay at her Crown Heights home." Her lawyer argued, "She was a child when this happened. A child who, before this terrible incident happened, has suffered rape and a psychiatric disorder." However, Justice Wayne Ozzi told the teen, "You sat here motionless and emotionless for most of the trial. I know you said you're sorry, but actions speak louder than words."
Marva Braithwaite also told Browne, "For the past three years I have experienced more than the human mind can imagine. But there is no anger or bitterness in my heart... I also want you to know that I forgive you for killing my daughter."