Justice was finally served on Monday, with regards to the 2018 attack on Rabbi Menachem Moskowitz, wherein Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that a man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for the strangulation and unprovoked assault.
On April 21, 2018, at approximately 1 p.m., the victim, Rabbi Menachem Moskowitz, then 52 years old, was walking home from his synagogue after Sabbath prayers. He walked past the defendant James Vincent, 44, in the vicinity of Rutland Road and East 46th Street in East Flatbush, when Vincent yelled, “You #$%& Jew, you Jews took my house and mortgage.” The Rabbi continued walking.
Vincent then ran up to the victim from behind, placed his hands on Moskowitz’s neck, and applied pressure, according to the evidence. He then punched the victim in the head and body, put his arms around the victim’s head, and applied pressure. Two bystanders intervened and the defendant continued to yell epithets regarding the victim’s religion as the victim picked up his yarmulke and kippah. The defendant then fled. The victim suffered various injuries to the head and body.
Following this harrowing account, Vincent was, on Monday sentenced by the Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Donald Leo to 11 years in prison. The defendant was convicted of first-degree attempted strangulation as a hate crime, second-degree strangulation as a hate crime, attempted second-degree assault as a hate crime, third-degree assault as a hate crime, and fourth-degree criminal mischief on October 28, 2021 following a jury trial.