NYC man pleads guilty to hate crime killing of elderly Asian man

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On Thursday, a 51-year-old New York man pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree as a hate crime in connection to the brutal killing of 61-year-old Yao Pan Ma in April of 2021.

Jarrod Powell ran up to Ma at around 8:15 pm on April 23, 2021, and struck him from behind, knocking him to the ground, according to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s Office. While Ma was on the ground, Powell stomped on Ma’s head “multiple times” and kicked him in the head, face, and neck repeatedly.

Powell fled the scene as Ma, who had been on the corner of 125th Street and 3rd Avenue picking up cans to help pay for rent, lay injured, according to NBC News.

An MTA bus driver witnessed the attack and flagged down a nearby ambulance for assistance. Ma was transported to Harlem Hospital, where he was treated for bleeding on the brain and facial fractures.

Ma suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for eight months before dying on December 31, 2021.

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