Tammel Esco, 42, attacked a woman of Filipino descent, 67, on Mar 11 after calling her an “Asian b****.” Esco went on to punch his victim 125 times and stomped and spit on her. The woman was treated for bleeding on the brain, multiple facial fractures, as well as bruising and lacerations to her head and face at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
The sentence is a result of a plea deal Esco accepted when he pleaded guilty. He was initially indicted by a grand jury for attempted murder in the second degree as a hate crime, among other violent felony hate crime charges, while being held without bond.
“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,” the anonymous victim said in her impact statement. “As the attack happened, all I could think was, ‘Please Lord let me live, please Lord, my daughters need me.’”
While the victim lived in the building with Esco, she referred to him as a “complete stranger.”
“Let this sentence be a clear message to others who would perpetrate violence in our communities, that Yonkers and Westchester law enforcement will commit every resource to hold violent criminals accountable,” Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza said in a press conference Tuesday.
Following his sentence, Esco will also undergo five years of post-release supervision.