Two former UAlbany women charged with racial CDTA attack reject plea bargains


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Friday two of the three former UAlbany students charged with assault on a CDTA bus rejected their plea deals that would require them to plead guilty.

Police say Asha Burwell, Ariel Agudio, and Alexis Briggs instigated a fight on the city bus around 1 a.m. back on January 30.

Days later, on February 2 they told police that they were the victims of a racially motivated attack. In videotaped police interviews, the young women describe what happened that night. They told police a fight broke out after they asked a drunken passenger to stop singing.

Charges were filed after authorities reviewed audio from 911 calls and video from inside the bus that night; showing the three women as the aggressors.

UAlbany President Robert Jones said in a statement that the former students are being held accountable for violations of the student code of conduct.

He says Ariel Agudio and Asha Burwell were dismissed from the university and Alexis Briggs has been suspended for two years.

A separate hearing for Alexis Briggs has been postponed until June 21.

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