Leiby Kletzy's killer gets 40 years to life
FLevi Aron had no words of remorse Wednesday as he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for abducting and dismembering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky after the boy got lost on his way home from camp in Boro Park last summer.
"No," mumbled Aron, handcuffed and dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit.
The sentence -- consecutive terms of 25 years for murder and 15 years for kidnapping -- was the pre-scripted final act in a deal that Aron, 37, agreed to at his guilty plea on Aug. 9. Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Neil Firetog ordered him held in protective custody, a step his lawyers requested to shield him from the vengeance of other prisoners.
Leiby's parents, Nachman and Esther, did not attend the sentencing, but prosecutor Julie Rendelman read aloud a letter from Nachman Kletzky."A day doesn't pass without our thinking of Leiby, but today we close the door on this one aspect of our tragedy," the father wrote.
Aron, in his plea, admitted that he picked up Leiby while the boy was looking for directions, took him to his apartment, and drugged him.
He said he panicked when he found out a search was under way, smothered the boy, and cut him up to try to hide the body.
Aron's defense lawyers have said that he suffers from mental limitations, but didn't meet the standard for an insanity defense.
"For him to speak publicly is very hard," said lawyer Jennifer McCann. "He is embarrassed, remorseful and ashamed."