A judge in Yonkers north of New York City sentenced a local man in a much-publicized beating of a Filipina woman to 17 and a half years in prison as part of a plea deal.
CBS New York reports authorities say Tammel Esco savagely hit his victim more than 125 times outside her apartment’s elevator.
“Mr. Esco, you struck the victim in this case 127 times,” Judge Anne Minihan said. “When it was done, how exhausted you were. You could see you that you were breathing heavily.”
“In 27 years of policing, this was one of the most violent and one of the most heinous crimes I’ve ever witnessed,” said Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza to NBC New York.
The victim suffered brain bleeding, numerous facial fractures and cuts to the face and head. Esco is accused of yelling a racial slur at her as he passed. When she ignored him, prosecutors say he followed her home.
The victim told the court that she still fears for her safety and felt compelled to move out of the home where she raised her children.
“Leaving the home that you’ve had for 24 years and where you raised your daughters, is incredibly painful,” said Jennifer Wu, the victim’s attorney.
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