Levi Aron was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison this afternoon for the abduction and murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn last summer.
At the time of Aron’s guilty plea, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement: “We can all take solace that Levi Aron will never, ever be able to hurt anyone ever again.”
In fact, the minimum time 36-year-old Aron will serve is 40 years, at which point he will go before a parole review board.
According to a Bronx-based criminal defense attorney, it is highly unlikely that a parole board would grant him parole after 40 years or at all, given the high profile of the case.
Regardless, that same attorney said it’s unlikely Aron would even live that long in prison. Between prison conditions and the nature of his crime, his chances of survival will reportedly be bleak.
It seems Aron’s lawyer Howard Greenberg shares these concerns, as he urged that his client needs protection in jail.
“If he’s not put in private custody while he’s in jail he’ll be murdered,” Greenberg said, according to the New York Post. “There’s a lot of sick and demented people in jail, so I worry for his life. His sentence is 40 years – not death.”
CBS reported that Leiby’s parents expressed satisfaction with the plea deal, thanking the DA for sparing them a long, drawn-out trial and “not forcing [them] to relive the terror that began with Leiby went missing.”
The Kletzky family did not make any additional statements or attend the sentencing hearing today.