Ridgewood man sentenced to 21 years for fatal stabbing

Dahe Lin, 77, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for fatally stabbing his daughter-in-law in broad daylight outside of their Ridgewood home in March 2019.

Lin, who lives on Suydam Street, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month. He has been sentenced to 21 years behind bars followed by five years’ post-release supervision.

According to District Attorney Melinda Katz, Lin was seen choking Wen Ying He outside their Ridgewood home. A witness intervened and pulled the man off her. Lin then ran back inside to grab a kitchen knife, which he used to stab her repeatedly in the neck.

Another passerby saw the bloodshed and flagged down a police car, leading to Lin’s arrest. He died in the hospital several days later.

“This was an unimaginably horrific crime,” Katz said. “The defendant has admitted his guilt and will be punished for taking the life of his daughter-in-law.”

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