Probation, community service for falsely reporting an incident on CDTA bus.


ALBANY, NY (WRGB) Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio were sentenced for their role in claims of a racially motivated attack on a CDTA bus.

Back in April, Agudio and Burwell were found guilty after a jury trial of 2 Counts of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree, both misdemeanors.

“We are here today because from the first day of the incident right up until their choices this morning, these two young women have failed to take responsibility for their actions. There were multiple attempts to resolve this matter that would have resulted in no criminal record for these individuals, but as is the absolute right of every defendant, the decision to have a case proceed to trial and reject a plea bargain is a choice made by the defendant. Our position has always been made clear: falsely reported incidents create immeasurable harm, not the least of which is the doubt, cynicism, and suspicion a person with a legitimate claim will likely receive in the future,” commented DA David Soares.

A jury found that the two women claimed a racially motivated crime took place on a CDTA bus. The jury also found that they maintained this claim on social media and at a public event at the UAlbany campus in connection to the incident.

The two claimed they were jumped on a bus by a group of men and that racial slurs were shouted.

Both were sentenced to 200 hours of community service and 3 years probation.

A third person involved pleased guilty last year on June 21 of disorderly conduct.

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