‘SoHo Karen’ Miya Ponsetto Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Assaulting Black Teen She Falsely Accused of Stealing Her Phone

Ponsetto’s deal will allow her to avoid jail time for the hate crime.

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

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