NEW YORK (PIX11)—The man known as the "Brooklyn Butcher", Levi Aron, has formally pleaded guilty in the murder of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy.
Aron, who lured the child into his home, murdered him and dismembered his body, pleaded guilty Thursday in order to save the child's family from an emotional trial.
Handcuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit, he faintly described how he lured and kidnapped the boy, tied him up and smothered him.
Brooklyn's District Attorney Charles Hynes arranged a plea agreement, arranging it closely with the Kletzky family, which charges Aron with second-degree murder and kidnapping, guaranteeing a sentence of 40 years to life for the 36-year-old Aron.
The boy's parents did not attend Thursday's proceedings but they did issue a statement
"Today my family has finally received some partial closure on one aspect of this nightmare. Closure does not mean we don't continue to feel the pain. A day does not pass without our thinking of Leiby -- but today we close the door on this one aspect of our tragedy and seek to remember only the gifts that God has bestowed, including the nine years Leiby was with us."
Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who acted as a family spokesman, said in a statement before the plea. "The last thing they want is to relive the horror of losing their child."
Leiby's mother is expecting a child in six weeks.