New York: A man, who was caught on video punching an elderly Asian woman 125 times this year, in Yonkers, New York, has been sentenced to over 17 years in jail in connection with the hate crime attack.
Tammel Esco, 42, was sentenced to 17.5 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision in Westchester County Court in connection with the attack in March, District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah said at a news conference, as reported by NBC on Wednesday.
Graphic surveillance video of the incident posted by Yonkers police shows the brutal March 11 attack, which took place after the 67-year-old woman, who is of Filipino descent, walked past Esco. Prosecutors said he called her “Asian b*tch” shortly before the attack.
The woman was walking into her apartment building on Riverdale Avenue in Yonkers on March 11 when Esco, who lived in the building and was outside in front, yelled at her, calling her a racial slur, Rocah said.
The video, captured on the building’s security camera, shows that the accused followed her as she entered the building and punched her in the head, knocking her to the ground, and continued to hit her over 100 times, stomped on her body and spat on her.
The woman suffered brain bleeding, and multiple facial fractures, among other injuries, prosecutors said.
Esco was arrested the same day and has been held without bail since the attack.
“Today we close a chapter on one of the most violent and shocking hate crimes that we’ve seen in Westchester County,” the prosecutors said in the press briefing.
“Because of the viciousness and hate of Tammel Esco, I lost the place I called home for over 24 years, the place where I raised my daughters, and my longtime neighbors … As the attack happened, all I could think was, ‘Please Lord let me live, please Lord my daughters need me,’” the woman said in her victim impact statement, according to a release from Rocah’s office, as reported by CNN.
“A complete stranger heartlessly spit, beat and kicked me over 100 times just because of my heritage … My only hope is that God and the criminal justice system will see fit to make sure this never happens to any other innocent family again.”
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