Youthful Offender Arson Case to Return to Court

A New Square man will be returning to court for resentencing following his appeal to be charged as a youthful offender after three and a half years in prison, where he was sent for allegedly attempting to burn another man’s home to the ground. Shaul Spitzer was arrested in 2011 at the age of 18 when he was caught for setting Aaron Rottenberg’s house on fire while he and his family were inside. The young man worked for Grand Ribbi David Twersky at the time, and allegedly committed the crime after Rottenberg prayed with a temple outside of the New Square community. Rottenberg was seriously injured in the attack, and spoke with the Journal News recently, stating that he has been asked by supporters of Twersky and Spitzer as a youthful offender, which he will not do. According to Rottenberg, he and his family have not received an apology in the three years since and have been shunned from the community, where he feels Spitzer is now treated like a hero. According to Spitzer’s lawyer Kenneth Gribetz, they will return to court on Tuesday where they will request the youthful offender status and a delay in sentencing.

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