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California woman who falsely accused teen of stealing phone pleads guilty and skirts jail time


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Miya Ponsetto, the woman who falsely accused an African-American teenager of stealing her phone at a Manhattan resort, has now pleaded guilty to 1 depend after getting into a cope with metropolis prosecutors and will keep away from jail time.  

By pleading “guilty” to the highest depend towards her of illegal imprisonment as a hate crime, she avoids jail time. The settlement implies that she has to abide by the phrases of her probation in California stemming from a distinct case, stay in remedy, and keep away from extra hassle with the regulation.  

In an announcement, Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg known as her habits “outrageous.” “As a Black man, I have personally experienced racial profiling countless times in my life and I sympathize with the young man victimized in this incident,” Bragg stated, including that this plea ensures “appropriate accountability” and that “this conduct does not reoccur”.  

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If she fails to adjust to the plea circumstances, she faces as much as 1 1/3 to 4 years in state jail.  

Ponsetto, who lives in California, needed to seem in individual Monday at Manhattan Supreme Courtroom. The 23-year-old woman confirmed up in court docket carrying an all-beige outfit and colourful nail polish.   

Miya Ponsetto exits the courthouse after her hearing

Miya Ponsetto exits the courthouse after her listening to
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The incident occurred on December 26, 2020, at four-star Arlo Soho Resort and was caught on digicam by the sufferer’s father, jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold. Within the video, Ponsetto is seen within the resort foyer accusing Keyon Harrold Jr., then 14, of stealing her iPhone. Then, prosecutors say, she repeatedly attacked and dragged him to the ground, regardless of makes an attempt of quite a few witnesses to intervene. The woman’s iPhone was later discovered and returned by an Uber driver.  

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Previous to the incident in New York, Ponsetto has been charged in three different incidents in California throughout 2020 that embody public intoxication in Los Angeles after an alleged altercation, and preventing with cops throughout a DUI arrest.  

Miya Ponsetto stands at her hearing

Miya Ponsetto stands at her listening to
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The Harrolds have additionally hit the woman and the Arlo Resort with a civil lawsuit. Ponsetto did not attend an preliminary listening to in that case earlier this month.  



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