Police escort Stacey Pagli from the Harrison police station in Harrison, N.Y. to her arraignment at Harrison Town Court, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. Pagli, 37, is charged with second degree murder in the Feb. 23 strangling death of her teenage daughter, Marissa Pagli, at their staff housing apartment on the grounds of Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Matthew Brown)
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. –- A woman who said she strangled her 18-year-old daughter because she “pushed my last button” pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree manslaughter.
Stacy Pagli, 38, had been charged with murder in the Feb. 22 killing of her daughter Marissa at Manhattanville College in Purchase.
Her husband, who discovered the body, wept during the court session.
Marissa Pagli, a Manhattanville freshman, was found dead in the family’s on-campus apartment. Her father, John Pagli, was a maintenance supervisor at the college.
He found his daughter’s body — and his wife lying nearby. The Westchester district attorney’s office said that after the killing, Stacy Pagli tried to commit suicide by cutting her left wrist and hanging herself on a doorknob.
According to police accounts of Pagli’s statements after the killing, the mother said her daughter was “disrespectful all the time.” She said she told her daughter, “This will be the last time you speak to me like that,” the documents say.
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