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Woman sentenced to prison for causing death of elderly man she pushed off bus

A woman who was seen pushing a 74-year-old man off a public bus in Las Vegas has been sentenced to prison as part of a court agreement.

Cadesha Bishop, 28, was sentenced to between 8 and 20 years on Friday, nearly two months after pleading guilty to elder abuse resulting in death. She was first charged with murder after being accused of pushing Serge Fournier off a parked bus in 2019.

Bus surveillance video released by police five days after the incident shows Fournier starting to exit the bus with a large collapsible cart when Bishop pushes him from behind with both hands. Fournier flies through the doors of the bus and lands headfirst on the pavement and his cart.

A police report said Fournier told Bishop “to be nicer to the passengers,” NBC Las Vegas affiliate KSNV reported. Witnesses also reported Bishop shouting profanity on the bus, according to the police report.

Fournier died about a month later. Clark County coroner-medical examiner officials ruled his death a homicide.

At her sentencing hearing on Friday, Bishop said she pleaded guilty because she felt she would not receive fair treatment otherwise, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Bishop also said she was “sorry for my behavior” and lamented “the way I was portrayed in my lowest and weakest time of my life.” His lawyer, Stephen Spelman, added that Bishop suffered from bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

During the hearing, Bishop was credited for the 252 days of the time served.

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