It’s a sweetheart deal for “Soho Karen.”
Miya Ponsetto — the rage-filled woman who earned the moniker after she falsely accused a black teenager of stealing her cellphone at a Manhattan hotel — pleaded guilty to a hate crime Monday as part of a plea deal that will allow her to dodge prison time.
Ponsetto, 23, copped to one count of felony unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime for attacking 15-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr. after accusing him of the theft in the Arlo Soho Hotel in December 2020.
As part of a deal she cut with prosecutors, the Californian will be able to replead to aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor, if she continues counseling and avoids any interaction with the criminal justice system for two years, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said.
“You have been given a tremendous opportunity,” Justice Laura Ward told Ponsetto in Manhattan Supreme Court Monday. “Turn this lousy situation into a good situation so you never find yourself here again.”
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SOURCE: New York Post, Jack Morphet and Ben Feuerherd