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A man was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after beating his stepmother because she refused to give him money, prosecutors in New York said.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that the 33-year-old Queens man has pleaded guilty to assault in the brutal attack on his elderly stepmother, who was so severely injured that she was blinded in her right eye and has only blurry vision in her left eye.
District Attorney Brown said: “The defendant has admitted to viciously beating his 87-year-old stepmother. The blows to the victim’s face have left her without the ability to see in one eye and very little sight in the other. This was a troubling and senseless crime.”
Wang Shun, 33, of Northern Boulevard in the Flushing section of Queens, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter, who indicated he will sentence the defendant to nine years in prison.
Shun moved into the victim’s home upon his arrival from China. The defendant and his father got into an argument shortly after midnight.
The defendant then approached his stepmother, who was in bed, and asked her for money. When she refused, Shun began to punch the 87-year-old woman repeatedly in the face.
The victim was left bloody and bruised. Her eyes were swollen shut. The victim, now 89, remains completely sightless in her right eye even after surgery and the vision in her left eye is limited to blurry images.