NEW YORK – A New York City man received his sentence for brutally raping and attacking a mother who had just dropped her son off at school in 2018 in Queens, prosecutors reported.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Ushir Pandit-Durant sentenced 24-year-old Ronald Williams to 12 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to assault and attempted sexual assault against the 52-year-old woman in Kew Gardens Hill.
Williams attacked the woman so cruelly that she was rendered unrecognizable, according to prosecutors. He assaulted the woman shortly after 8:00 a.m. on April 30, 2018, the day he dragged her to the outside staircase of an apartment building before sexually abusing her and beating her.
Williams initially pleaded not guilty to the first-degree assault charge, although prosecutors said he told police he had pushed the mother of two down the stairs.
“He was not going to rape her,” prosecutors said he told police. They also pointed out that he told them: “I punched him in the face a couple of times … sometimes I get angry and pass out.”
Williams, who had an assault charge in 2017 and was living in a shelter at the time, said she did not know how the woman’s pants and underwear were removed, prosecutors said. They found her without clothes, with a broken neck and orbital bone. The mother required eye surgery and it is not known when she will be released from rehab for her injuries.
After initially appealing to the public for information to find Williams, police found him at a motel in Columbia, South Carolina.