D.A. Vance: Woman Sentenced to 20 Years-to-Life For Fatal Times Square Subway Push

April 5, 2019

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of MELANIE LIVERPOOL, 33, to 20 years-to-life in prison for shoving 49-year-old Connie Watton in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square – 42nd Street subway station, killing her, on November 7, 2016. LIVERPOOL pleaded guilty to Murder in the Second Degree — the sole count in the indictment against her — on March 4, 2019.

“Melanie Liverpool committed an unconscionable crime when she shoved Ms. Watton off a subway platform and into a speeding train, ending her life and taking her away from her beloved husband and friends,” said District Attorney Vance. “Now, thanks to the NYPD and my office’s prosecutors, she will serve significant prison time for this horrific act of violence.”

Assistant D.A.s David Drucker, Senior Trial Counsel for Trial Bureau 50, and Melanee Smith, also of Trial Bureau 50, handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Warren Murray, Chief of Trial Bureau 50, and Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Assistant D.A. Brendan Tracy; Former Assistant D.A.s Michelle Warren and Eugene Hurley, Senior Trial Counsel for Trial Bureau 50; and Technology Analyst Jesse Hixon provided valuable assistance with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD, particularly Officers Brian Bulanowski and Kyle Rugino of Transit District 3 and Detective John Kiernan of the Midtown South Detective Squad, for its assistance on the investigation.


Defendant Information:


Queens, NY


  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count


  • 20 years-to-life in prison