Cadesha Bishop was 25 when she pushed an elderly man off a bus and caused his death. The incident took place in 2019 on a Las Vegas public bus transit.
Serge Fournier, 74, had seen Bishop arguing and using profanities while talking to fellow passengers, which was captured in surveillance video.
Fournier responded by telling Bishop to be nicer to fellow passengers. She didn't appreciate the advice and instead pushed the man forcefully with both her hands as he turned to leave the bus.
After she shoved him, he toppled out of the door and fell on the pavement.
According to the police, Fournier's hed hit the pavement about 8 feet from the bus door. The authorities also revealed that Bishop had shoved him with such great force that he never touched any of the steps in the vehicle's doorway.
The surveillance video also showed Bishop walking away from him without providing any help. Rather than offering assistance to the fallen older man, she led her son away from the scene.
A month after the incident, Fournier died. According to Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner, the death was caused by the complications resulting from the blunt force trauma he suffered after being pushed off the bus.
Consequently, his death was ruled a homicide.
Following the tragic development, Bishop was put under arrest, and she was detained at the Clark County Detention Center on a $100,000 bail. She was later released but was put under "high-level" electronic monitoring.
It has now been almost two years since then, and Bishop has been handed a 20-year sentence in court after she was found guilty of abusing an elderly person. According to the media, she will be getting credit for the 252 days she has already served.
In court, she admitted that she was guilty of the charges against her. She then requested to be put in "some type of program."
She tried to defend herself, saying that she wanted the court's help because the way she had been depicted was unfair to her since she had never been in trouble in the past.
In court, Bishop was apologetic. She said she was sorry for how she was portrayed during the "lowest and weakest moment" of her life.
Her lawyer, Stephen Spelman, argued that Bishop has bipolar disorder and PTSD. Although he said that did not minimize the pain Fournier's family was going through or excuse what she had done, he argued that this helped explain why the tragedy might have happened.
District Judge Tierra Jones responded by saying that what Bishop had done would not make her a probation candidate.
"I'm not putting you on probation. That is not happening here today."
Consequently, Bishop will be spending a lot of time in jail over Fournier's death.