The Brooklyn Butcher who killed little Leiby Kletzky and hacked up his body will likely die in prison under a plea deal that’s got his blessing — and that of the slain boy’s parents, the Daily News learned Wednesday.
Levi Aron, whose gruesome murder of the 8-year-old boy shocked the city last summer and stunned their insular Orthodox Jewish community, would receive a prison sentence of 40 years to life, according to sources.
“There is a deal,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the Borough Park neighborhood where Leiby lived and has been speaking for the boy’s family.
The confessed killer would get 25 years to life in prison for murder, plus 15 years for kidnapping, sources said.
Hikind, who said he plans to read a statement from the family at Aron’s court appearance next week in Brooklyn Supreme Court, said the murderer could still scuttle deal — and prolong the agony for Leiby’s family.
“At any moment, Levi Aron can change his mind,” Hikind said. “Until this is officially announced, things can change.”
Aron faced life without parole if he had been convicted by a jury of first-degree murder.
But Leiby’s parents couldn’t face the agony of a trial. And the dead boy’s dad, Nachman Kletzky, had been discussing the plea with leaders in the Jewish community, sources said.
“They don’t want to have any more open wounds,” a family friend said.
Leiby’s family wants “to bring this to a conclusion,” Hikind added.
“The family has to live with this for the rest of their lives,” he said. “The idea of having a trial was not something that they wanted to go through. They want to make sure that there is justice.”
Neither prosecutors nor the defense lawyers for the confessed child killer, Howard Greenberg and Pierre Bazile, would comment on the pending deal.
But still-seething neighborhood residents said Aron should never be allowed to walk free again.
“He’s an animal,” said 50-year-old Charles Gazal. “It’s not enough. The way he cut the kid’s body up, he should be gone for the rest of his life. He’s just an animal. Everyone here was shaken last year.”
In Leiby’s old building on 15th Avenue, where his parents no longer live, a 35-year-old mother of three said Aron’s punishment is “the least he deserves.”
“You’re not going to bring Leiby back either way though,” she added.
A father of two who also lives in the building, and identified himself only as M. Gottlieb, said Aron “should be in for life.”
“It’s very hard to take such a piece of news,” he said. “We wouldn’t expect any punishment except life in prison.”
Aron, who got his gruesome nickname after the sickening details of his crime were revealed, is accused of snatching the lost boy off the street last July.
Aron held Leiby captive for more than a day — then smothered him in a panic when he realized a massive search was underway, police said.
Under police questioning, Aron admitted that he chopped up the body and left the boy’s feet in his freezer.
Aron’s lawyers insist their client, who has grown morbidly obese in jail, is schizophrenic and have vowed to pursue an insanity defense.
Recently, Aron’s defense team turned over the results of a psychiatric exam by their expert to prosecutors.