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‘Menace to society’ gets 25 years to life in prison for fatally beating 68-year-old man

By Shayna Jacobs and Jefferson Siegel

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Oct 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm


A heartless brute who beat a 68-year-old grandfather to death in a random attack got 25 years to life behind bars Tuesday.

"You've ruined this family's life. You are a danger to this community whenever you are at liberty," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ann Donnelly said before issuing the hefty sentence to Jamie Pugh.


Jamie Pugh, 21, was called ‘a danger to this community’ by the judge who sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison for the fatal beating of 68-year-old Wen Hui Ruan. (Jefferson Siegel/POOL/New York Daily News)

A heartless brute who beat a 68-year-old grandfather to death in a random attack got 25 years to life behind bars Tuesday.

"You've ruined this family's life. You are a danger to this community whenever you are at liberty," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ann Donnelly said before issuing the hefty sentence to Jamie Pugh.


Pugh, 21, was found guilty by a jury last month of second-degree murder for intentionally killing Wen Hui Ruan in a horrific, unprovoked attack in May 2014.

He was found not guilty of felony murder, which would have gotten him life without parole.


Ruan's widow Ling Tsang said in a letter read by prosecutor Michelle Warren that her husband's killer is a "menace to society."


The daughter of Wen Hui Ruan, Jenny Ruan, cries as she leaves Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday. Ruan's convicted killer, Jamie Pugh, was sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)


"My husband was alive and got beat to death by this hideous criminal," Tsang wrote.

She said her "heart was broken" seeing his tragic end in the hospital.

Warren argued that Pugh's troubled background is no excuse for his deranged conduct.

"It's insulting to all of those law-abiding citizens who come from as bad if not worse environments from the defendant, to use that as an excuse or an explanation for the defendant's behavior," she said.


Hui was walking on East 6th St. between Avenues C and D in the East Village in 2014 when Pugh approached him unprovoked from behind, yelled at him and then shoved him against a wall before beating him. (AP)

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