The animal who admitted to kidnapping, killing, and dismembering an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy was sentenced Wednesday.
Butcher, LeviÂ AronÂ was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison in the death of LeibyÂ 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 KletzkyÂ family and community,” District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement at the time of Aron’s plea.Â ”No one should ever forget what happened to LeibyÂ 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,Â 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 theÂ 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 heÂ panicked after seeing flyers ofÂ the missing 8-year-oldÂ around the neighborhood.
Aron had originally pleaded not guilty in the case, butÂ State Assemblyman Dov HikindÂ 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 becauseÂ 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, HikindÂ read a statement from the KletzkyÂ family, thanking the District AttorneyÂ ”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