A man who forced his girlfriend to walk through Harlem in the nude, on a cold January day, because she had allegedly been messaging with other men, has been given the maximum sentence.
A Manhattan judge sentenced 26-year-old Jasson Melo to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison on Wednesday - the maximum sentence that the prosecution had sought.
'Jasson Melo's view of women belongs to the Dark Ages,' Justice Robert Mandelbaum said, according to the New York Daily News. 'To him, women are property.'
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Jasson Melo, 26 (pictured), was sentenced to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison on Wednesday by a Manhattan judge
The Harlem man (left and right) was convicted for making his girlfriend, the mother of his child, do a nude walk of shame on a cold January day in 2016
The 25-year-old victim, who is the mother of Melo's child, testified during the trial. Mandelbaum said her words show she 'remains scarred from the fear and humiliation, maybe forever.'
The victim was not in court for the sentencing, but wrote a letter that was read by prosecutor Caitlin Connolly.
She said that 'the pain and emotions were and still are unexplainable and unimaginable'.
He claimed he forced her into the act as she had been messaging other men
Melo allegedly tried to profit off his twisted fame by trying to sell merchandise with quotes from the degrading footage
'Mr. Melo destroyed me in so many ways, and didn't stop as he would continuously taunt me as if his nightmare was his sick joke,' she wrote.
Connolly called Melo 'remorseless and laughing about his conduct'.
Melo's attorney had argued for a lighter sentence, saying he was triggered emotionally by seeing a picture of another man's penis on his girlfriend's phone.
'He didn't handle it properly. There were lawful ways to deal with this matter,' Herlich said. 'But he didn't do it for sport.'
Melo was previously offered plea deals that came without jail time, but he declined and decided to fight the charges - including coercion - at trial.
The incident in question happened in January 2016.
The ordeal lasted for several hours as Melo threatened to kill her after finding explicit