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Plea deal: No prison for attack on Black teen at NYC hotel

Posted at 3:39 PM, Apr 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-11 18:40:32-04

NEW YORK (AP) — A California woman who wrongly accused a Black teen of taking her phone at a New York City hotel has reached a plea deal that spares her from prison if she avoids trouble.

The 23-year-old Miya Ponsetto pleaded guilty Monday to unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, a felony, but will have a chance to replead to a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge if she follows the terms of the agreement.

She must abide by the terms of her probation for a separate drunk driving and resisting arrest case in her home state for two years, continue to receive counseling and have no further arrests.