New City Arsonist To Be Resentenced As Youth

Shaul Spitzer of New City, convicted in 2011 of committing an attack of arson against another member of the Hasidic community, will be resentenced to determine if he should be adjudicated as a youthful offender as he committing the crime when he was 18 years old. Spitzer is serving his fourth year at Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Ulster County of his original 7 year sentence for placing an incendiary device in the home of Aron Rottenberg, causing a fire to engulf the victim’s home in flames and cause burns to over 50% of his body. If granted youthful offender status, Spitzer could be released immediately. The incident highlighted the strict rules and devout members of the Skver Hasidim leadership, which Rotterberg defied when he refused to pray in the synagogue. At the time of the original sentencing, Spitzer apologized for his attack which Rotterberg accepted and had requested leniency on behalf of the passionate youth. At the time, Rotterberg had also won a civil lawsuit against Spitzer and grand rabbi David Twersky which bought out the fire damaged home and allowed him to move away from the area.

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