Father of Leiby Kletzky sues son’s killer, father for $200 million


NEW YORK (JTA) — The father of Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who was kidnapped and murdered last month, has filed lawsuits totaling $200 million against Leiby’s killer and his father.

According to court documents disclosed Monday, Nachman Kletzky filed the civil suit last week against Levi Aron, the New York Daily News reported. Aron has been charged with abducting Leiby as he walked home from camp, killing him and dismembering his body.

"Obviously the acts are horrific and horrendous, and the level of damages should reflect what those acts were," Kletzky’s lawyer, Mark Goldsmith, told the Daily News. "This is as horrific an event as a family can go through."

The suit, which was filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, seeks $100 million in damages from Levi Aron. Another suit, also seeking $100 million, was filed against Aron’s father, Jack, the owner of the home in the Kensington section of Brooklyn where Leiby was killed.

The suit against Jack Aron accuses him of failing to monitor his son and allowing "tools of terror" to remain at the home, despite "knowing of the vicious … propensities of his son, Levi Aron."

Levi Aron has confessed to killing Leiby but has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. He has been declared competent to stand trial.


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