Hasidic Sex Abuser Has Symbolically Long Sentence Shortened

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Nechemya Weberman, left, a religious counselor in New York City’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, confers with his lawyer George Farkas in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in New York. Weberman was sentenced Tuesday to 103 years in prison for molesting a girl who came to him with questions about her faith. He was convicted in December of 59 counts, including sustained sexual abuse of a child, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP/Corbis

The punishment of Nechemya Weberman, the Hasidic counselor convicted of the prolonged sexual abuse of a young girl in Brooklyn, was reduced by more than half, from 103 years to 50, because of a legal technicality. The judge, the New York Times reports, likely knew the law but wanted to make a point: "The end result will remain the same, life in prison," said a court spokesperson. Weberman would be eligible for parole for the first time in 2055, at the age of 97.