The animal who admitted to kidnapping, killing, and dismembering an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy was sentenced Wednesday.
Butcher, Levi Aron was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison in the death of Leiby Kletzky. That means he will be eligible for parole in 40 years.
The 36-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping earlier this month.
“With this guilty plea, I hope the process of healing and hopefully closure can begin for the Kletzky family and community,” District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement at the time of Aron’s plea. ”No one should ever forget what happened to Leiby Kletzky but we can all take solace that Levi Aron will never, ever be able to hurt anyone again.”
Aron admitted to kidnapping Kletzky from his neighborhood in the Kensington section of Borough Park on July 11, 2011, taking the boy to a wedding in Rockland County and then back to his apartment.
There, he gave the boy a toxic mix of prescription and over-the-counter drugs before smothering him with a towel.
Aron then butchered the boy’s body, hiding part of it in his freezer, prosecutors said. Aron said he put the rest of the remains in a suitcase and brought them to a dumpster.
Police said Aron killed Kletzky because he panicked after seeing flyers of the missing 8-year-old around the neighborhood.
Aron had originally pleaded not guilty in the case, but State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said the Kletzky family agreed to the plea deal so as not to hear the gruesome details of their son’s death in court.
“They didn’t want to have to go through a trial just because I think anyone can imagine to have to listen to the horror, to have to listen to the details,” Hikind said.
After the guilty plea, Hikind read a statement from the Kletzky family, thanking the District Attorney ”for bringing this to a quick resolution as we requested, for not forcing us to relive the terror that began when Leiby went missing.”
Source: CBS 2 NY