Rie Hachiyanagi (Former Mount Holyoke College art professor sentenced to 10-12 years)
Rie Hachiyanagi, 50, pleaded guilty last week to nine charges relating to the December 24th attack on Lauret Savoy. She is charged with three counts of armed assault–with intent to murder a person over 60 years old; three counts each for assaulting and battering someone in their home who is also aged 60 or older; she has one more count against her for entering at night intending to commit another felony
The case of Hachieyanagi, the talented artist who was stabbed to death by his good friend is a difficult one for prosecutors because they have no criminal history and were close friends. In addition, he served as an artistic leader in his community with many successful projects under his belt including artwork on display at MOMA PS 1 where it received rave reviews from artists around New York City when they saw how much talent this young man had even before becoming famous
The fact that David Sullivan’s office released a statement regarding how “troubling” their reasoning behind seeking justice will make you wonder if there’s something else going down here besides just stabbing someone 27 times while claiming self-defense
Who is Rie Hachiyanagi?
Rie Hachiyanagi an art professor at Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court on Friday to nine charges in connection with the attack on fellow professor Lauret Savoy at Savoy’s home, according to Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan.
How Old is Rie Hachiyanagi?
She is 50 years old
Rie Hachiyanagi Charges
Hachiyanagi pleaded guilty last week to nine charges: three counts each of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person older than 60, and single counts of home invasion, mayhem, and entering a dwelling at night with intent to commit a felony.
Rie Hachiyanagi’s Victim
Savoy told police she pretended to love Hachiyanagi back during the assault in hopes of persuading her to call 911.
After four hours, she finally succeeded and convinced Hachiyanagi to call for help just after midnight on Christmas Eve.
On Friday – two years after the traumatic attack – Savoy told the court of the emotional and physical fallout she has been dealing with since.
‘I’ve struggled to find a word that could hold in its meaning both the attack and my experience of it,’ she said, according to WWLP.
Savoy added: ‘The closest I found is this: “Severe or excruciating pain or suffering (of body or mind); anguish, agony, torment; the infliction of such.” This is a definition of torture.
‘For four hours I experienced literal torture of body and of mind, not knowing if I would survive the next minute – yet needing to find some way to save my life. The emotional, physical, financial and professional impacts of this crime have been huge and they continue.
Rie Hachiyanagi Short Bio
- Rie Hachiyanagi, a professor at Mount Holyoke College was sentenced Wednesday to 10-12 years in prison for violently attacking one of her colleagues and leaving her with permanent injuries. Last week she pleaded guilty as charged: attempted murder by subjecting Lauret Savoy (their colleague) to an “four-hour torture session” on Christmas Eve 2019; going intoSavoys house asking only for emotional support from recent breakups that resulted in assault with rock poker garden shears and fire poker over two decades ago when they met