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Miya Ponsetto has pleaded guilty to hate crime charges stemming from a prejudice incident at the Arlo Hotel in New York

NEW YORK — A Southern California woman who falsely accused a black teenager of stealing her cellphone at a New York hotel pleaded guilty Monday.

Miya Ponsetto, a 23-year-old from Ventura County, pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime after she accused Keyon Harrold Jr. of stealing her cell phone and then assaulted him at the Arlo Soho Hotel in December 2020.

Ponsetto was caught on video accusing the teenager, who is the son of jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold, before attempting to assault him in the hotel lobby on December 26.

Check out the video posted on social media below:

For the next two years, Ponsetto must comply with the terms of her probation in a separate case in California, and then can plead a misdemeanor. Otherwise, she faces up to four years in prison.

“Mrs. Ponsetto behaved outrageously. As a black man, I have personally experienced racial profiling countless times in my life, and I sympathize with the young man who was the victim of their behavior in this incident and ensure that this behavior does not occur again,” said the Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg Jr.

According to Bragg, if she successfully complies with those conditions, Ponsetto can retry her other charge of second-degree aggravated molestation.

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