On July 13, Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder sentenced Reeaz Khan, 24, of Richmond Hill, Queens, to 22 years to life for killing Maria Feurtes over three years ago, the Queens Chronicle reported.
“We have succeeded in getting a dangerous predator off our streets for his horrific assault of a defenseless elderly woman,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “I hope that the long prison term provides at least some measure of solace to the victim’s loved ones.”
According to prosecutors, surveillance video shows Feurtes walking near her home around midnight on Jan. 6, 2020, when Khan came up behind her and the two fell to the ground. Video then shows Khan, pants undone, flee about five minutes later, leaving Feurtes injured in the freezing cold.
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Fuertes was found shortly after 2 a.m. — approximately two hours after the attack. According to the Queens Chronicle, the elderly woman’s dress was up to her chest and she was incoherent.
She died from blunt force trauma and hypothermia at a local hospital.
An autopsy determined she suffered fractures to her spine and ribs as well as injuries to her chest and neck.
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