26 year old Shimen Liebowitz of Kiryas Joel, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion, was sentenced to two years in jail. Liebowitz has already spent 14 months at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center according to The Times Herald Record (http://bit.ly/2ArO9VM).
It is unclear if Liebowitz’s time served will be applied to the sentence handed down today.
56 year old Aharon Goldberg of Israel, Bnei Brak, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder for hire, was sentenced to three years in jail.
34 year old Binyomin Gottlieb of Airmont, who pleaded guilty to concealing a felony, was sentenced to one year’s probation.
Both Goldberg and Liebowitz were also sentenced to three years supervised release on top of their prison terms.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2AsQNul) the three men hired a private investigator to orchestrate a plot to kidnap and torture the recalcitrant husband, who had denied his wife a get for ten years, in an attempt to persuade him to free his wife from the marriage.
Unbeknownst to the trio, the private investigator had apprised the FBI of the plot and was secretly recording their conversations which escalated into discussions of murdering the husband in order to end the marriage. None of the plans discussed by the men ever came to fruition.
U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein did not accept the defense argument that the private investigator manipulated the three men into devising the murder scheme.
“The defendants were involved in a terrifying plot to kidnap, and ultimately to kill, their intended victim,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim. “Fortunately the person they hired to carry out their crime alerted the FBI and now the defendants have been held accountable for their crimes.”