NEW YORK – A New York City hardware store clerk who pleaded guilty to kidnapping, killing and dismembering a lost little boy has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.
Levi Aron pleaded guilty this month to lesser charges in a deal that spared him a criminal trial and the possibility of life in prison without parole. The 37-year-old said nothing Wednesday at his sentencing hearing. He will be eligible for parole in 40 years.
Aron admitted killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky (LY'-bee KLEHT'-skee) in July 2011 after the boy asked him for directions in Brooklyn. Leiby got lost on his way home from day camp, the first time he had been allowed to walk alone.
Aron had the boy just over a day. When Aron noticed fliers with the boy's photo, he says he panicked and suffocated the boy.