UAlbany students guilty of filing a false report, cleared of other charges

April 26, 2017 08:30 PM

ALBANY - Two former University at Albany students have been found not guilty of most of their roles in a January 2016 fight on a CDTA bus.

Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio were acquitted on five out of seven counts, including counts of assault and harassment. They were convicted on two counts each of filing false reports. That means the jury believes the young women lied on the emergency 911 recordings and the jury also felt the defendants spread their falsehoods on social media by tweeting out embellished or fabricated stories.

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"They treated this as if it were the crime of the century from the beginning. It's not. It's not even a crime in our opinion and this is on the district attorney's office. They should have been willing to treat this in a reasonable manner from the beginning. Charges were not necessary. An indictment was not necessary. All of the resources that were put into this were not necessary," commented defense attorney Mark Mishler.

The Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one-year in prison for each of those counts.

Both women have been given a 9 p.m. curfew.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 16.


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