Jose Rojas, Subway Pusher, Found Guilty of Shoving Ute Linhart into Oncoming Train

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Ute Linhart was waiting for a northbound train at the West 28th Street N/R Stop on Aug 11, 2010.

As she stood there, a drunk man -- Jose Rojas -- was accosting some other commuters on the narrow platform.

He then walked directly toward Linhart, moved behind her, and shoved her into the oncoming train, sending her flying into the first car.

Linhart lived, but suffered broken cheek, rib, shoulder, and arm bones and teeth. She'll also have nerve and spinal damage for the rest of her life.

Today, Rojas got convicted of assault in the first degree for the attack.

"The victim endured every New Yorker's nightmare," said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance.

"She was attacked on a crowded subway platform and shoved into an oncoming train. The defendant's actions caused the victim to suffer life-long injuries and nearly caused her death."

The Bronx resident will probably be sentenced March 16. The D.A. wanted to put Rojas away for attempted murder, not assault, but both charges carry the same sentence: 5 to 25 years behind bars.

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