New York man sentenced to 17 years in prison for attacking Asian woman

A Yonkers man who admitted to hitting and spitting at a 67-year-old woman when he called her an “Asian slut” was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison on Tuesday.

Tammel Esco, 42, was seen in the video attack in March, in which the victim was punched and kicked on with construction boots more than 125 times in what Westchester County’s chief attorney called one of the “most vicious and shocking hate crimes in history.” New York suburbs.

“Because of Tammel Esco’s viciousness and hatred, I have lost the place I have called home for over 24 years, the place where I have raised my daughters and my longtime neighbors,” the victim said in a statement in court read out statement prosecutors Westchester.

“When the attack took place, all I could think was, ‘Please Lord, let me live, please Lord, my daughters need me,'” said the victim, who suffered cerebral hemorrhage, facial fractures and other injuries.

“A total stranger spat, punched and kicked me heartlessly over 100 times just because of my parentage… My only hope is that God and the criminal justice system will see fit to make sure this doesn’t happen to any other innocent family again.” “

The shocking crime was caught on surveillance footage.
The “malicious” crime was caught on surveillance footage.

The victim, a woman of Filipino descent, walked past Esco outside the apartment building where they both lived at around 6:08 pm on March 11. He followed her into the anteroom and hit her from behind, continuing his attack even as she fell to the floor.

Esco, who pleaded guilty to a hate crime charge of assault in September, was sentenced to five years of post-parole supervision by Judge Anne Minihan, county prosecutors Mimi Rocah said in a statement.

“Today we are closing a chapter on one of the most vicious and shocking hate crimes we have seen in Westchester County,” Rocah said. “This is a case that has not only traumatized the victim and her family, but also her neighbors, the Westchester community and the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community.”

Tammel Esco pleaded guilty in September.
Tammel Esco pleaded guilty in September.
Westchester County Jail

Yonkers Police Commissioner Christoper Sapienza said he hoped the victim and her family could find “some measure of peace” in the face of the verdict.

“Let that sentence be a clear message to others who would perpetrate violence in our communities that Yonkers and Westchester law enforcement will use all means to hold violent criminals accountable,” Sapienza said. New York man sentenced to 17 years in prison for attacking Asian woman


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