June 21, 2016 06:36 PM
ALBANY - One of the women involved in the UAlbany CDTA bus incident said in court Tuesday that their story of a racially-based attack was false.
Alexis Briggs said she knew it wasn't true, but kept it going anyway.
Briggs accepted a plea deal on Tuesday and she offered the court and the community, a tearful apology.
"I never intended any harm. I truly regret my actions. I…take responsibility for my actions and being the source of such negativity is hurtful on many levels. While I felt that the comments directed toward me were offensive, I regret my actions," Briggs told the court.
Facing charges of assault and falsely reporting an incident, Briggs pleaded guilty in Albany County Court to the non-criminal violation of disorderly conduct.
Before being sentenced to 100 hours of community service, Briggs was questioned by Judge Stephen Herrick.
She said the claims that she and two other UAlbany students were jumped in a racially motivated attack by a group of white men and women on a CDTA bus in January were false.
"You allowed that to become the basis for on-going investigations and actions by the State University Police, the Albany County District Attorney's office and SUNY authorities, is that correct," asked Judge Stephen Herrick.
"Yes," replied Briggs.
"And you knew it wasn’t true," asked Herrick.
"Yes," Briggs replied again.
Reports of the bus attack were met with outrage, and the women got a lot of support from the community.
However, police and prosecutors say video told a different story. That the women were the aggressors.
The two other women, Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio, who have been kicked out of UAlbany, turned down plea deals Friday. They are now facing jail time if convicted at trial that is set to begin in September.
Briggs' cooperation is not part of her plea agreement. Her attorney, William Little, says she does not anticipate testifying against the two other women.
In court, Briggs said confronting the passengers on the bus escalated the situation. She says she regrets attending a rally for the women at UAlbany and did not anticipate the tremendous attention their claims would get.
"She just wants to get her life back together. She's a young woman. I think she has a very bright future. Putting this behind her will help her achieve that," noted Little.
Briggs was suspended from UAlbany for two years.
Her attorney says she will be going back to school, but not to UAlbany.
Updated: June 21, 2016 06:36 PM
Created: June 21, 2016 01:47 PM
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