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Deal Offered in Leiby Kletzky Murder

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The man accused of killing and dismembering an 8-year-old Borough Park boy has been offered a plea deal, according to a spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

Levi Aron, 36, is expected to enter a guilty plea at his next appearance at Brooklyn State Supreme Court on August 9.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind has been asked to speak for the Kletzky family. A spokesman for Hikind said the family of murdered 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky was aware of the plea offer made to Aron of 40 years to life. He went on to say the family was eager to see the matter over with.

Leiby bumped into Aron in July 2011 as he was walking home from day camp and got lost. The boy was last seen alive getting into Aron's vehicle outside of a dentist's office in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Parts of Leiby’s body were found in Aron’s freezer days later.

In a second floor office, mere feet away from a dentist’s office, the last spot Leiby was seen, Asher Steinmetz, 36, shook his head with relief when he heard the news on Wednesday.

Steinmetz, who has three sons of his own and helped search for Leiby when he first went missing, said the deal is a good for the community which was shaken by the murder. "I don't know if it’s up to us to wish the death sentence on somebody, but that he'll be locked up for life is something that will make the streets safer and a lot of people happier.”

Ann Schechter, 48, lives in the nearby Kensington neighborhood with her 15-year-old daughter. She had mixed emotions about the plea deal.

“I guess one part of me is pleased that he’s admitting his guilt, 40 years or 400 years how can you put a price, or time or money on the life of anyone, especially the a child who has so much potential,” she said.

Schechter added since the Aron case, she’s noticed more cameras in the neighborhood, and more awareness among parents.

Aron was charged with first degree murder and kidnapping charges. He was found competent to stand trial, although a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation revealed that Aron suffers from a personality disorder. His defense team also argued that Aron’s confession was coerced.

Asher Steinmetz, 36, looks out near the site where Leiby Kletzky was last seen in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Cameras across the street recored footage of him and Aron.
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Asher Steinmetz, 36, looks out near the site where Leiby Kletzky was last seen in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Cameras across the street recored footage of him and Aron.

A school bus and children playing across the street from Levi Aron's home.
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A school bus and children playing across the street from Levi Aron's home.

Levi Aron's home where Lieby Kletzky was found dismembered in the refrigerator.
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Levi Aron's home where Lieby Kletzky was found dismembered in the refrigerator. 

The dentist's office where Levi Aron and Leiby Kletzky were last seen.
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The dentist's office where Levi Aron and Leiby Kletzky were last seen in July 2011.

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Comments [7]

Rabbi Chaim Gruber from Montreal

In honor of Leiby, z"l, I have just posted online a 20 min. recording compiled from 3 lectures I last year gave at 2 Hassidic synagogues on this subject. The lectures try to understand how such a tragedy can happen so to prevent it in the future. English w/some Hebrew. Glossary provided. VeryVeryEasyToRemember.com/page44.html. Shalom and with deepest sympathy to the family and all those hurt.

Aug. 08 2012 08:52 PM
NR from Bk, NY

There is no death penalty in the state of New York any longer. At least charged at the state level, which is how this was handled.

Aug. 02 2012 11:13 AM
Inga from New york

DEATH SENTENCE !!!! Life without parole at the least.

Aug. 02 2012 09:29 AM
Brad Gorman from Tzen Frensiskoy

Mentally deranged or not, he's a real menace, which is called "rodeph" in Hebrew canon law, and requires that he be put down. This community looks Jewish, but I guess they're m'shuggas/farmish'te from Mars.

Aug. 02 2012 05:16 AM
mike from Manhattan

Sorry, but this is a case where I think the death penalty is worth a look. At least life in prison.

Aug. 01 2012 10:43 PM
Alex Katz

He will get Jail Justice!!!

Aug. 01 2012 05:18 PM
Kressel from Monsey, NY

Just as long as they keep him off the streets and away from children.

Aug. 01 2012 04:51 PM

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