‘SoHo Karen’ Miya Ponsetto, 23, gets probation after pleading guilty to attacking black teenager in a Manhattan hotel and accusing him of stealing her cellphone
- Ponsetto, from Los Angeles, was caught on camera in December 2020 attacking a black teenager in a New York hotel lobby, accusing him of stealing her phone
- She accused Keyon Harrold Jr., 15 – the son of jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold – of theft, despite having left her phone in an Uber
- On Monday Ponsetto pleaded guilty to Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, and was sentenced to probation
- She will be required for two years to abide by the terms of her California probation stemming from a separate case and continue counseling
- Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan DA, said she ‘displayed outrageous behavior’ and that the punishment ‘ensures appropriate accountability’
A California woman dubbed ‘SoHo Karen’ has pleaded guilty to a hate crime after attacking a black teenager in a Manhattan hotel and accusing him of stealing her phone, and has been sentenced to two years probation.
Miya Ponsetto, 23, pleaded guilty to the December 2020 attack, the Manhattan district attorney said on Monday.
She accused 15-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr, the son of famed jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold, of stealing her phone. She had in fact left it in her Uber.
Ponsetto pleaded guilty to Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, said Alvin Bragg, the DA.
She avoided jail but was sentenced to probation, and will be required for two years to abide by the terms of her California probation stemming from a separate case.
She must also continue counseling, and avoid committing further crimes.
If she complies, she will after two years have her charges reduced to Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.
If not, she could be sentenced to four years in state prison.
‘Ms Ponsetto displayed outrageous behavior,’ said Bragg.
‘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.
‘This plea ensures appropriate accountability for Ms Ponsetto by addressing underlying causes for her behavior and ensuring this conduct does not reoccur.’
Miya Ponsetto, 23, also known as ‘SoHo Karen,’ on Monday expressed regret for her previous non-apology to the black teen whom she had falsely accused of theft