The good thing about Wednesday's news that Levi Aron would plead guilty to last summer's horrific murder of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy is that the boy's family and the public don't have to relive the whole horrific ordeal again in a trial. That was why the family of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky agreed to the plea deal, reports local CBS affiliate 1010 WINS. Under the agreement, Aron will get 40 years to life in prison, but "until this is officially announced, things can change," New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind told the New York Daily News' Simone Weichselbaum and Oren Yaniv. That announcement is set for Aug. 9. Levi Aron has already confessed to the killing, so it's unlikely he could have gotten acquitted anyway. This way, we don't have to listen to Nancy Grace's analysis of the trial, or write stories about Kletzky's family breaking down in tears as the crime is described in detail in court. New York doesn't have the death penalty, but the Daily News had spoken to some legal experts who suggested the federal death penalty could apply in Aron's case, as he took Kletzky over state lines before killing him. Aron is 36, so the sentence doesn't mean he's guaranteed to die behind bars (as the New York Post is baying for), but if he ever gets out of prison he'll be a very old man.
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