Ultra-Orthodox cantor Baruch Lebovits was sentenced yesterday to two years in prison for sexually abusing minors. But it's likely the cantor will only serve a few months of the sentence, as credit from time already served during his 2010 conviction will be subtracted. The decision correlates with a plea deal that was originally struck in May, when Lebovits pleaded guilty to molestation.

The case is a long and complicated one. Lebovits was first convicted on molestation charges four years ago, but the charges were overturned when an appeals court found inconstancies in the prosecution process.

Former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes drew fire from a variety of protest groups when his office accused Sam Kellner, father of one of the victims abused by Lebovits, of trying to extort money from Lebovits's family and of bribing additional teens to come forward and testify against the cantor.

Hynes's critics said the DA consistently failed to aggressively prosecute Hasidic sex offenders because their bloc vote allowed him to stay in power. The case against Kellner was taken to trial but later dismissed due to a lack of witness credibility. After a long, ruinous legal process, new Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson finally dismissed the charges against Kellner in March.

With Thompson in charge, the case against Lebovits seemed to be heading back to court, but instead the whole affair ended with plea negotiations and culminated with this two year prison sentence. Which, as stated above, will probably only amount to a few months.

Kellner, who suffered greatly for being a whistleblower, told the New York Times that he was saddened by the court's ultimate decision, expressing concern for the safety of other kids in the community. "It was six years of hell, and I ended up not making a difference,” he said.