Erika Menendez had pleaded guilty in March before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak for shoving Sunando Sen, 46 to his death as the subway train entered the station on the night of December 27, 2012.

Menendez however insisted that she could not remember why she had pushed Sen onto the path of an approaching train.

"For whatever reason, when you gave your statement to police after you were arrested, you said, 'I hate Muslims and the Hindus.' Do you remember that?" the judge asked.

Menendez replied she did not.

"You picked out Sen, who was on that platform and you stood behind him and you followed him," the judge said.

"This was a particularly brutal homicide. I can only imagine his final thoughts. That's a horrible, horrible way to die," Lasak said adding that Menendez's act terrorised the whole city.

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