Rie Hachiyanagi is an art professor and chair of the art studio at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts accused of attempted murder after attacking a co-worker.
Authorities say that 48-year-old Hachiyanga attacked the unidentified fellow faculty member with a rock, a fire poker, and garden shears because she was in love with the woman and didn’t feel the emotions were returned. The incident occurred between December 23rd and December 24th, 2019.
A professor has been sentenced for attempting to murder, a colleague in a gruesome four-hour attack
Rie Hachiyanagi is convicted of beating and torturing a longtime co-worker because her “love” for the woman was unrequited.
PEOPLE confirms that Rie Hachiyanagi, 50, was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in a Massachusetts state prison on Wednesday for assaulting fellow professor Lauret Savoy on the night of December 23, 2019, leaving her with lasting disabilities.
The sentence came five days after Hachiyanagi pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court to nine charges in connection with the brutal attack, including three counts of armed assault with intent to murder a person over 60, and one count each of home invasion, mayhem, and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony.
According to the Associated Press, Savoy stated in a victim impact statement during the court, “She abused my confidence, invaded my home, and tried to murder me with intentional violence.” “The violence with which she used weapons and expressed herself verbally was tremendous.”
According to a release from the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, Judge Francis Flannery described the incident as one of the “most awful combinations of facts I’ve heard,” adding, “Professor Savoy is obviously a victim of a horrific crime, but that’s not what I’m going to remember.”
“I’ll remember that she had the foresight and guts to persuade her assailant not to kill her,” he remarked. “She utilized her wits to preserve herself when her body failed her. That’s incredible.”
On the night of Dec. 23, 2019, Hachiyanagi, a professor at the prestigious women’s college in South Hadley, showed up at Savoy’s home saying she wanted to “talk about her feelings,” according to a state police report obtained by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
As soon as she stepped inside, Hachiyanagi began hitting Savoy with a rock, a fire poker, and garden shears for four torturous hours.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 24, 2019, Hachiyanagi called 911, saying she found Savoy “in a pool of blood,” “barely breathing,” and “semi-conscious and with a head injury,” according to a state police report obtained by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
She said she saw signs of a struggle but police found no signs of an intruder, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports.
Hachiyanagi told police she was covered in blood because she had been holding her friend at, a local station.
Savoy was rushed to a local hospital with broken bones in her nose and eye area and numerous lacerations and puncture wounds on her head and face, according to the state police report.
Hachiyanagi’s attorney had recommended 5 to 7 years in state prison and a period of probation because of her lack of a prior record and struggles with anger issues, according to reports.
The judge said that while Hachiyanagi was respected and had no criminal record, “on the other hand, I have this defendant who tried to torture to death over four hours someone who wasn’t an enemy, but was a friend.”
Rie Hachiyanagi Age, Date of Birth, Birthday, Family, what about her father, mother, where is she from? Early Life
Rie Hachiyanagi’s current age is 48 years old. There isn’t much information on Rie Hachiyanagi’s family background, however, she is of Japanese descent.
Rie Hachiyanagi Net worth, How much did she earn?
There is no information about her net worth but it seems that she has earned enough money from her career, she was undoubtedly making a sizable wage and amassing a sizable net worth. Furthermore, her career was her primary source of revenue.
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Rie Hachiyanagi Career
Rie Hachiyanagi specializes in installation, performance, and papermaking art forms. Hachiyanagi’s art has been exhibited throughout the country. Her work ranges from representations of tears to blank pieces of paper. She is described as blending philosophy and social situations into her artwork.
Since her charges were brought forth, the college has placed her on administrative leave. The college says Hachiyanagi has worked at Mount Holyoke as a professor since 2004. Hachiyanagi previously taught at Alfred College in New York.
Rie Hachiyanagi Arrest, Charges
According to the New York Post, Hachiyanagi is accused of driving to the victim uninvited and claiming she “wanted to talk about her feelings.” The victim told police when she opened the door to let Hachiyanagi inside and turned around, the professor started repeatedly hitting her over the head with a hard object. The victim lied that she felt the same way to get Hachiyanagi to call 911, according to the New York Post.
Hachiyanagi initially claimed that she had found the professor injured and was trying to help her, which was how her clothes became bloody, according to reports. Rie Hachiyanagi was charged with armed assault with an attempt to murder a person over the age of 60, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem, and armed assault in a dwelling, the newspaper reported.
Rie Hachiyanagi Victim
It is reported that the victim was a colleague that Hachiyanagi had known for 14 years. The Daily Hampshire Gazette said the female victim suffered “multiple broken bones in (her) nose and eye area, and numerous lacerations and puncture wounds on (her) head and face.” reported that Hachiyanagi allegedly tried to gouge out the victim’s eyes.
Where she attended her High school and University? What was her major?
According to her biography on the college’s website, Rie Hachiyanagi “came to the United States as a high school exchange student in rural Kansas from Sapporo, Japan.” It was this experience that drew her to the art world, the college explained.
“Her initial inability to effectively communicate in English led her to engage in artistic forms of expression,” Holyoke’s biography says. You can see a portfolio of some of her artwork here. The college says that Hachiyanagi’s art is driven by philosophy, conflicts among urges, and autobiographical events and social issues. She was once called a “poet-philosopher.”
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