New Rochelle attacker gets 20 years

(01/09/03) NEW ROCHELLE - Robert Ruiz, the man who attacked his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend in New Rochelle and then held them hostage in 1999, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

On September 17, 1999, Ruiz went to confront his ex-girlfriend in New Rochelle. When he got there, he shot Anne Albert and her new boyfriend and then set their house on fire. While the house was engulfed in flames, he held everyone in the home hostage and wouldn't let firefighters or police come inside. In the end, everyone made it out OK. Ruiz eventually surrendered to police after a three-hour standoff.

Efforts by the defense to paint a picture of a man who was mentally unstable, were not convincing enough for the jury. Ruiz was on trial for 34 different charges including attempted murder, arson, assault and kidnapping.

The victims in the case say they still fear Ruiz even though he will be behind bars.

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