When the victim let her in, Hachiyanagi then bludgeoned her with a rock, fire poker and garden shears during a twisted four-hour attack.
She only stopped when the victim convinced Hachiyanagi to summon help, according to prosecutors.
The victim later told police Hachiyanagi had told her “she loved her for many years” and that Savoy should have known her feelings.
Following her arrest, Hachiyanagi told police she had no memory of the attack.
In a victim impact statement at Hachiyanagi’s sentencing hearing, Savoy – who was left with permanent injuries — told the court: “She betrayed my trust, invaded my home, and tried to kill me with premeditated violence.
“The cruelty she wielded with weapons, and expressed in words, was extreme.”
Judge Francis Flannery described the attack on Savoy as the “most horrific set of facts I’ve heard.”
He went on to praise the victim for having the courage to convince Hachiyanagi not to kill her.
“Professor Savoy is certainly a victim of a horrific crime, but that’s not what I’m going to remember,” he said.
“I’m going to remember that she had the presence of mind and the courage to convince her attacker not to kill her. As her body was failing her, she used her mind to save herself. That’s remarkable.”
Hachiyanagi was placed on administrative leave from Mount Holyoke College in the wake of her arrest.
It wasn’t immediately clear when she was fired.
The college didn’t immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
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