NYC Man Pleads Guilty in Haredi Boy’s Dismemberment Death

A man accused in the horrific abduction and dismemberment of an 8-year-old boy from a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community pleaded guilty yesterday – a deal that will put him behind bars for at least 40 years and avoid a heartrending trial.

District Attorney Charles Hynes made the arrangement in consultation with the family of the boy, Leiby Kletzky.

The plea, to charges of second-degree murder and kidnapping, guarantees a sentence of 40 years to life for Levi Aron, a 36-year-old hardware store clerk. He originally faced a first-degree murder charge.

One of the city’s most gruesome crimes in recent memory began with a chance encounter last summer on the streets of Borough Park, home to one of the world’s largest Hasidic communities outside Israel.


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