Last year, a search for an Orthodox Jewish boy who went missing in Brooklyn resulted in the disturbing revelation that he was kidnapped, killed and dismembered. Levi Aron, another Orthodox Jew, confessed to the murder but pleaded not guilty to the charges, with his lawyers blaming the crime on inbreeding and insanity. Now it's being reported that Aron will plead guilty.
According to the Daily News, Aron, who is schizophrenic, "will receive a prison sentence of 40 years to life, according to sources." Assemblyman Dov Hikind confirmed, "There is a deal. But can things change? Until this is officially announced, things can change."
Leiby's body parts were found in the trash as well as in Aron's home; an autopsy showed the boy had been drugged before he was smothered to death. Hikind also explained, "The family has to live with this for the rest of their lives. They want to bring this to a conclusion. The idea of having a trial was not something that they wanted to go through. They want to make sure that there is justice." Aron is due in court next week.
Two months ago, the News noted that Aron had become "morbidly obese" in jail.