A Queens man convicted of robbery, burglary and assault in the 2007 mugging of three Queens women – one of whom was 101 years old at the time – has been sentenced to 75 years in prison, law enforcement officials said today.
Jack Rhodes was convicted of hate crimes for victimizing the three women, including Rose Morat, now 103. Another victim was in her mid-eighties.
Morat, who was punched in the face and robbed of $23, has asked for Rhodes to be sent away for the maximum penalty.. "Atrocities done frequently by the man, Jack Rhodes, must be stopped and given the full imprisonment of 90 years so that this will never happen again to other good people and life once again be enjoyed without fear," she said in a victim impact statement that she had written.
Morat wrote about having her cheekbone, punched some more, shattered and being left in a "pool of blood."
“The defendant’s disturbingly, cowardly attacks on elderly and defenseless women – two of who needed the aid of a walker to get around – has rightfully cost him his future. He will now spend the rest of his life behind bars, never again having the freedom to breathe fresh air or the opportunity to prey on society’s most frail and vulnerable citizens," District Attorney Brown said.