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Levi Aron Sentenced for Kidnapping, Dismembering Leiby Kletzky

Prosecutors struck the deal in close consultation with Kletzky's family, said State Assemblyman Dov Hikind

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012  |  Updated 8:10 PM EDT
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Levi Aron, the man who admitted to kidnapping, killing and dismembering an 8-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy from Brooklyn has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. Andrew Siff reports.

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Levi Aron, the man who admitted to kidnapping, killing and dismembering an 8-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy from Brooklyn has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. Andrew Siff reports.

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Levi Aron Pleads Guilty to Killing Leiby Kletzky

Accused child killer Levi Aron pleaded guilty Thursday in a Brooklyn courtroom to abducting, killing and dismembering Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old boy who was kidnapped when he got lost walking home from day camp in Borough Park last July.
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The man who admitted to kidnapping, killing and dismembering an 8-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy from Brooklyn was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.

After Judge Firetog asked Levi Aron if had anything to say about killing 8-year-old Lieby Kletzky, Levi Aron responded with just one word: "No."

The 36-year-old admitted killing the child after the boy asked him for directions, and pleaded guilty earlier this month.

Leiby got lost on his way to day camp last July, the first time he had been allowed to walk alone. It was the first time he was allowed to walk alone, and he was supposed to travel about seven blocks to meet his mother but missed his turn.

Aron took the boy upstate to Monsey, N.Y., where he attended a wedding before bringing Leiby to his apartment. When he noticed fliers with the boy's photo, he says he panicked, suffocated the boy and dismembered him.

 

Just about 33 hours later, detectives found the boy's severed feet, wrapped in plastic, in Aron's freezer. A cutting board and three bloody carving knives were found in the refrigerator. The rest of the boy's body was discovered in bags inside a red suitcase in a trash bin about a mile from Aron's apartment. His legs had been cut from his torso.

The medical examiner's office said Leiby had been drugged then suffocated.

 

Aron, a hardware store clerk, pleaded to lesser charges in a deal that spared him a criminal trial and the possibility of life in prison without parole.

Leiby was Hasidic, an ultra-Orthodox version of Judaism, and the killing shook the tight-knit community in Borough Park, a safe and somewhat insular neighborhood and home to one of the world's largest communities of Orthodox Jews outside Israel. Aron, who lived nearby, was Orthodox but not Hasidic.

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