Prom Day Stabbing: Christopher Plaskon Pleads Not GuiltyBy: Kimberly Ripley - June 5, 2014
Prom day stabbing suspect Christopher Plaskon pleaded not guilty to the murder of his 17-year-old classmate Maren Sanchez, who was stabbed in a stairwell at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Connecticut back on April 25th. Her murder took place just hours before prom and authorities are investigating whether or not her refusal to attend prom with Plaskon resulted in her stabbing death.
Plaskon entered his not guilty plea in Milford Superior Court on Wednesday. He wore an orange jumpsuit, his feet were shackled, and he reportedly appeared impassive throughout the proceedings. Plaskon also waived his right to a probable cause hearing and opted for a trial in front of a 3-judge panel instead of a typical jury. Following the hearing his attorney Richard Meehan said he is investigating a possible mental health defense.
Meehan mentioned during Wednesday’s hearing that Plaskon is on both anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications.
Christopher Plaskon is presently being held on $3 million bond at Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, Connecticut where he is under suicide watch. Charged with murder as a result of the prom day stabbing, he is being charged as an adult. He is facing up to 60 years in prison if convicted of murdering Maren Sanchez. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years.
Plaskon’s family issued a statement just days after Maren Sanchez was killed, offering their condolences to her family.