THE BRONX — A Bronx man is facing life in prison after a jury found him guilty of stalking, sexually assaulting and fatally shooting a homeless shelter director, the Bronx District Attorney said Friday.
West Spruill, 41, followed 36-year-old Ana Charle as she left the Project Renewal Homeless shelter on April 27, 2015. He forced her to drive to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint.
Charle managed to escape and Spruill chased after her, fatally shooting her three times on Bullard Avenue near East 237th Street.
“This was a heart-wrenching case. The victim, a young woman and mother-of-two, had traveled from Spain in the hopes of making a difference in the Bronx. Her inspiring life was cut short by a man she had spent time helping,” DA Darcel Clark said in a statement.
“The defendant repeatedly shot her, calmly leaving behind her naked body. For such a chilling act which devastated not only her family but a center of men in need who depended on her, he will likely spend most of his life behind bars.”
The homeless Bronx man was convicted of first-degree murder on May 24 following a four-and-a-half week trial.
He is facing life without parole when he scheduled to be sentenced in Bronx Supreme Court on June 9.
His lawyer did not return an immediate request for comment.