Woman gets 24 years for fatal NYC subway push

Erika Menendez

CBS New York

NEW YORK -- A woman who admitted to shoving a Hindu man off a New York City subway platform in an attack motivated by religious animus has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Erika Menendez was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of Sunando Sen, who was struck by a train in December 2012.

According to the complaint, the 33-year-old Queens woman was seen talking to herself and pacing back and forth on a subway platform.

As the No. 7 train entered the station, the complaint says Menendez approached Sen from behind and shoved him onto the tracks.

Sen, 46, died of multiple blunt force trauma.

Menendez told police she did it because she has hated Muslims and Hindus since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown called the killing "every subway commuter's worst nightmare."