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Homeless Man Who Pushed Hunter College Student in Front of Train Pleads Guilty

A man who pushed a student in front of a commuter train in the New York City suburbs has pleaded guilty to attempted murder. 

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says Howard Mickens pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

Hunter College student Maya Leggat was shoved from behind as the Metro-North train entered the White Plains station in September 2013. She suffered a broken back, a severed finger, other broken bones and cuts.

Witnesses followed the fleeing suspect and flagged down police.

The defendant, who was homeless, faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 20.

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