A man who pleaded guilty tomore than 100 times in a hate crime attack earlier this year in Yonkers, New York, was sentenced to 17 and a half years in state prison on Tuesday, prosecutors said.
Tammel Esco, 42, has been convicted of the March attack on a 67-year-old Asian woman in the lobby of her Yonkers apartment building, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Esco had pleaded guilty in September to first-degree assault as a hate crime.
On March 11, Esco used anti-Asian slurs against the victim, who is of Filipino descent, when he approached her from behind and punched her in the head, knocking her to the ground. prosecutors said.
Esco continued to attack the woman, punching her more than 100 times, stomping on her with his construction boots and spitting on her, prosecutors said. Shortly after the attack, police released surveillance video of the incident.
The victim was treated for brain bleeds, multiple facial fractures, bruises and lacerations to the head and face, the district attorney’s office said. She appeared in court to read her impact statement on Tuesday, saying the “heartless” attack cost her her home.
“Because of the wickedness and hatred 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. .. When the attack happened, all I could think of was, ‘Please Lord let me live, please Lord my daughters need me’. she said, according to the prosecutor’s office. “A complete stranger spat, beat and kicked me heartlessly 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 doesn’t happen. never again to another innocent family.”
At a Tuesday press conference, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah described the attack as “one of the most vicious and shocking hate crimes” the area has seen.
“This is a case that has traumatized not only the victim and his family, but also his neighbors in the city of Yonkers, the wider Westchester community and the wider Asian American and Pacific Islander community, really across the country,” added Rocah. .
Esco has been held without bond since his arrest on the day of the attack.