A man who fatally attacked a 61-year-old Asian man in East Harlem in 2021 has been sentenced to 22 years in state prison, prosecutors said Friday.
Jarrod Powell, who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime in January, told law enforcement officials he targeted Yao Pan Ma because he was Asian, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a press release.
What You Need To Know
- Jarrod Powell has been sentenced to 22 years in state prison for fatally attacking 61-year-old Yao Pan Ma, prosecutors say
- Powell, who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime in January, told law enforcement officials he targeted Ma because he was Asian, according to prosecutors
- Ma was collecting cans in East Harlem in April 2021 when Powell attacked him, police and relatives said. He was placed on life support after the attack, and passed away on Dec. 31, 2021
“Mr. Ma’s death was the result of a despicable racially motivated attack,” Bragg said in a statement. “His family endured an agonizing eight months in the hospital while the devoted husband and father of two remained in a vegetative state, before succumbing to his injuries on December 31, 2021.”
Prosecutors said Powell, 51, approached Ma and struck him from behind around 8:15 p.m. on April 23, 2021, knocking him to the ground.
Relatives told NY1 Ma was collecting cans in the area when the attack happened.
Powell proceeded to stomp on Ma’s head and kick him several times in the head, face and neck, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury, according to prosecutors.
Ma was placed on life support after the assault, authorities said.
As of Friday, the DA’s office was handling 39 open cases related to anti-Asian crimes, according to the release. Hate crimes against the Asian community spiked during the pandemic.
Last year, Bragg’s office invested a record amount of funding in its Hate Crimes Unit in an effort to combat the issue.
Powell’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.