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Manslaughter plea in stabbing

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:30 am

A 20-year-old Long Island City woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of a 29-year-old man outside the 21st Street-Queensbridge subway station on Christmas Eve 2009.

Cyan Brown, who was 16 years old at the time of the stabbing, pleaded guilty late last Tuesday, according toQueens District Attorney Richard Brown. The judge indicated he would sentence her to a determinate term of 13 years when she returns to court on April 10.

According to the investigation, Brown stabbed Thomas Winston, 29, also of Long Island City, once in the upper torso, piercing his heart, just before 9 p.m., on December 24, 2009.

The defendant and four males walked past the victim who was standing outside a fast food restraurant drinking a beer.

One of the men bumbed into Winston and an argument ensued. During the argument the victim splashed beer on Brown. The defendant then stabbed him once in the chest, killing him, before fleeing into the subway.

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