In March 2019, 74-year-old Serge Fournier was on a public bus in Las Vegas, Nev., with 25-year-old Cadesha Bishop. According to reports, Bishop was swearing at other riders and Fournier told her to stop.
That’s when she pushed him off the bus “with enough force that he never touched any of the steps,” grabbed her son’s hand and got off the bus, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal. Fournier hit his head around eight feet from the Regional Transportation Commission bus and died from his injuries around one month later.
Bishop, now 28, pleaded guilty to abuse of an older vulnerable person resulting in substantial bodily harm or death and was sentenced Friday to eight to 20 years in prison District Judge Tierra Jones, said the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“The actions in this case make you not a probation candidate,” Jones said. “I’m not putting you on probation. That is not happening here today.”
Bishop was initially charged with murder, Fox 5 reported.
The Las Vegas woman posted $100,000 bail on the murder charge. However, it was revoked last July when Bishop was charged with grand larceny of a vehicle, embezzlement and theft for allegedly failing to return a rental car, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Those charges will be dropped as part of her plea deal in the Fournier case.
“I’m sorry for the way that I was portrayed in my lowest and weakest moment of my life,” Bishop told a judge Friday, according to Fox News. “The way that I’ve been portrayed, it’s just not fair for somebody who’s never been in trouble before.”
She also said she was sorry for her behavior.
Defense attorney Stephen Spelman told the judge that Bishop “suffers from bipolar disorder and she reports PTSD.”