A man who attacked his wife with a cleaver on Canal Street in 2013 was sentenced yesterday to 13 years in prison.
Surveillance video showed Ming Guang Huang going after Jinyia You’s skull in the dramatic episode that unfolded across the street from a Chinatown firehouse Feb. 24, 2013. The victim, 23 at the time, was rescued by firefighters from Engine 9, Ladder 6.
During the sentencing hearing, a statement was read on You’s behalf. “This incident did huge damage to me,” she wrote. “I cannot forget what happened that day in my life. It took me several years to overcome this… I frequently have nightmares. This incident was a huge blow, not only to my body, but also to my mental state.” You spent a month in the hospital after the attack. Doctors were forced to remove about half of her brain.
Huang’s attorney, Nathan Semmel, acknowledged that it was a “horrific case,” but said his client suffers from serious emotional problems. He recently attempted suicide, Semmel said. In court, Haung apologized to You, speaking through a translator. The man is expected to be deported after his prison sentence.
Prosecutors wanted a 20 year sentence, but the judge ordered a shorter term, citing Hunag’s mental health issues. District Attorney Cy Vance released the following statement yesterday:
In a heinous act of spousal abuse, Ming Guang Huang hacked his wife within an inch of her life on a crowded city sidewalk… My Office will not tolerate acts of domestic violence – whether they are committed in the home or on the street. I would like to thank the brave members of the FDNY who intervened and rescued this survivor, and my Office’s prosecutors for bringing her abuser to justice.
You was saved by firefighters Jose Ortiz and Jesse Trainor.