Leiby Kletzky Killer Gets 40 Years

Levi Aron Pleaded Guilty To Murder of 8-Year-Old

Brooklyn Beast: Levi Aron pleaded guilty to the murder of little Leiby Kletzky. He faces 40 years in prison under a deal with prosecutors.
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Brooklyn Beast: Levi Aron pleaded guilty to the murder of little Leiby Kletzky. He faces 40 years in prison under a deal with prosecutors.

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Published August 29, 2012.
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The murderer of 8-year-old Orthodox Brooklyn boy Leiby Kletzky has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison, the AP reported today.

The sentencing comes weeks after Levi Aron, 36, pleaded guilty to the July 2011 killing.

“G-d willing, the sentencing of Levi Aron today will finally remove the spotlight from this tragedy and allow the Kletzys to raise their children in peace,” said New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind in a statement. Hikind represents the Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood of Boro Park, where Kletzky lived and was abducted.

In interviews in early August, residents of Boro Park told the Forward that the bloody incident still haunted them.

“The kids, I think, have basically forgotten,” said one 28-year-old neighborhood woman who would only give her name as Sara,“ No one else has.”

Leiby Kletzky was walking home alone from camp for the first time when Aron snatched him off a street near his home in July 2011. The boy’s body parts were later found in a Dumpster and in Aron’s freezer.


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