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Mother admits killing daughter at college

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- A woman accused of strangling her daughter on a college campus in Westchester County told police she did it because the daughter was "disrespectful all the time," according to court papers made public Thursday.

In police documents filed with a murder indictment, Stacey Pagli, 37, is quoted as saying Marissa Pagli, 18, had "pushed my last button."

The documents are police accounts of recorded interviews at White Plains Hospital and police headquarters in the two days after Marissa Pagli was found dead in the family's staff apartment at Manhattanville College in Purchase. Marissa was a freshman at the school, and her father, John Pagli, was a maintenance supervisor.

Stacey Pagli expressed regret. "I wish I could take it back, but I can't. I can't make it better. She's not here anymore," according to the police account.


Man gets 17 years for attacking officer

UTICA (AP) -- A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for slamming a police officer's head into the pavement during an arrest.

Paris Smith, 22, apologized to the officer during his sentencing Wednesday in Oneida County Court.

Smith had pleaded guilty to assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a controlled substance.

The confrontation came July 14 on a Utica street, where Sgt. Charles Kelly attempted to take Smith into custody during a drug investigation.

Authorities said Smith punched Kelly and slammed his head on the pavement, knocking him unconscious. Kelly needed 12 stitches to close a cut on his head.

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