crimes and misdemeanors

Levi Aron Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Murdering Leiby Kletzky

Levi Aron is arraigned in Brooklyn criminal court, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 in New York.
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Levi Aron was sentenced to 40 years to life on Wednesday for kidnapping and killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky last summer in Borough Park. Aron pleaded guilty to one charge of second-degree murder and one charge of second-degree kidnapping earlier this month in a deal with prosecutors meant to avoid a life sentence. However, during today’s hearing a prosecutor predicted that there will be “letters waiting for the parole board” in 40 years, and Kletzky family spokesman Dov Hikind said, “I don’t believe any parole board will ever let this guy walk free.” Aron’s lawyers have requested that he be kept in solitary confinement to protect him from other inmates, explaining, “There are a lot of sick, demented people that reside in the jails.”

Aron Gets 40 Years to Life for Kletzky Murder