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Woman Who Threw Man in Front of Train at 40th Street Station Takes Manslaughter Plea

The night of incident

The night of incident

March 13, 2015 By Christian Murray

The woman who pushed a man to his death at the 40th Street subway station in December 2012 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is expected to be sentenced to between 22 and 25 years in prison, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

Erika Menendez, a 33-year-old Rego Park woman, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for shoving Sunnando Sen, 46, into a Queens-bound No. 7 train at about 8 pm, Dec. 27, 2012.

Menendez, who was talking to herself on the platform prior to the incident, approached Sen from behind and pushed him onto the tracks as a train was pulling into the station.

Sen was struck by the train and died of multiple blunt force trauma.

Linda Santini-Tripodis, the owner of Merit Group & Associates who was by the station at the time, said: “I heard the train screech as it was stopping and then heard this loud scream. I’m never going to forget that scream for as long as I live.”

Menendez was caught by the police in Brooklyn two days after the incident.

“The defendant has admitted committing what is every subway commuter’s worst nightmare – being suddenly and senselessly pushed into the path of an oncoming train,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A Brown. “The victim was shoved from behind and had no chance to defend himself. The defendant now faces at least 22 years in prison when sentenced next month.”

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Givemeliberty

The woman has a psych record and should have been kept in Bellevue. She is obviously nuts. Prayers for the innocent victim.

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El loco

Everyone but the victim’s family will forget about the crime and she’ll be out on probation in less than 10 years.

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abogado

That is incorrect. In New York, you must serve at least 6/7 of your time on a state sentence. She won’t be eligible for parole for at least 18 years.

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Mac

@abogado El loco is notorious for posting erroneous posts. He is terribly misinformed and when he is called out with facts he turns into a chest pounding blowhard. He is Fox informed.

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Sunnysider

So they caught this creep two days after the incident? Weren’t we talking about this woman here couple of days after she pushed the guy? I am sorry if I missed it but I don’t think we knew she was caught. Good job by NYPD (most likely someone ratter her out, I hope so) The question is “Up to 22 years” this means she will get 10 with a plea? If it is manslaughter she should rot in jail forever. You don’t get to kill someone and get out in 10 or 22.. no way.

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Sherri ElGebali

WHY was manslaughter even offered?!?! She should have gotten 1st degree murder!!! I hope those are rough and unpleasant every day for the next 22 years!!!!!

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The Onesler

Glad she got what she deserves. Her entire family on 46th street and 48th avenue are nothing but drug users, ex felons, Junior and Glenn I wish it was all three of you roting in jail with her. Nothing but useless lives with no positive contribution to society.

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NewYorker

Doxxing… that’s exactly what it is.. whom ever “Onesler” is naming has nothing to do with this tragedy.. unfortunately, its cowards like “Onesler” who hide behind a computer to speak negative about other people without those same cowards worrying about being confronted by the people they speak negative of…

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