Levi Aron officially pled guilty today to abducting and murdering 8-year-old Leiby Keltzky last summer. He agreed to a plea bargain that will carry a sentence of 40 years to life in prison.
Aron had previously confessed to the murder that shook Brooklyn’s Hasidic community, and today admitted gruesome details of the crime, which included cutting up the child’s body and hiding it in a nearby dumpster.
Kletzky’s parents — who specifically pushed for a plea bargain in order to expedite the painful process of Aron’s trial — released a statement through a representative, saying “While what happened to Leiby was certainly the worst tragedy that’s ever happened to us, the unity we saw here—and from people everywhere on behalf of this child—was almost beyond belief. Leiby was everyone’s child; everyone felt this pain and wanted to help. Today, we all remain a little more united.”