NYC man gets 75 years for mugging 101-year-old
NEW YORK (AP) – A New York City man who mugged a 101-year-old woman on her way to church has been sentenced to 75 years in prison.
Queens resident Jack Rhodes was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of victimizing three women, including Rose Morat, who’s now 103.
Authorities argued the 47-year-old Rhodes targeted two of the women because of their age, a violation of the state Hate Crimes Act. The law provides for harsher sentences.
A surveillance camera recorded the 2007 assault on Morat. It showed her using a walker to leave her apartment building when she was set upon.
Morat suffered a fractured cheekbone and bruises. Her attacker got away with $33.
Defense attorney Paul Montgomery questioned eyewitness accounts at trial and suggested Rhodes was being framed.