Officials revealed on Tuesday that a New York man who was shown on video punching an elderly Asian woman 125 times earlier this year had been given a sentence of more than 17 years in prison in connection with the hate crime assault.
According to Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah, Tammel Esco, 42, was sentenced to 17.5 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision in connection with the March attack in Westchester County Court.
He called the woman of Filipino origin an “Asian b——” throughout the vicious attack, which left her with many facial fractures and bleeding on the brain.
In September, he had entered a guilty plea to first-degree assault as a violent felony committed out of hatred.
According to Rocah, “This is a case that has traumatized not only the victim and her family but also her neighbors in the city of Yonkers, the larger Westchester community, and the larger Asian American and Pacific Islander community truly across the country.”
She said that her family and the district attorney’s office coordinated their efforts while the victim was healing from her injuries.
As the woman entered her apartment building on Riverdale Avenue in Yonkers on March 11, Esco, who lived in the same building and was standing outside in front, screamed at her and used a racial epithet, according to Rocah.