Mother Admits to Manhattanville Murder

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A Harrison woman today plead guilty to murdering her 18-year-old daughter last year in the family’s Manhattanville College campus apartment.

Stacey Pagli, 38, admitted to strangling to death her daughter Marissa, a Manhattanville freshman, last February after an argument between the two women turned physical, according to a Westchester County District Attorney spokesperson.

Pagli then tried to kill herself, first by cutting her left wrist and then by hanging herself on a doorknob. Emergency workers revived Pagli after her husband, a Manhattanville employee, discovered the scene in the family’s faculty apartment.

Pagli’s plea Tuesday came after psychiatric experts on both sides of the case agreed that at the time of the crime Pagli suffered from “an extreme emotional disturbance,” which warranted the charge be reduced to manslaughter in the first degree, the spokesperson said.

Pagli faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison when she is sentenced April 5.

Stacey Pagli

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