Youthful Offender Status Awarded to Convicted Firebomber

Resentencing of a young man convicted after he attempted to burn down another man’s house in 2011. In court Tuesday morning Shaul Spitzer asked Judge William Kelly to allow him youthful offender status, regarding his 7-year sentence of which he had served 3 and a half years already. In May 2011 Spitzer went to the home of Aron Rotternberg in New Square with a firebomb, where he admitted he planned to burn the man’s home down while his family was inside because Rottenberg had prayed with a temple outside of the community, which goes against the rabbi’s orders. Rotternberg was seriously injured in the attack, and asked the judge on Tuesday not to grant youthful offender. He stated that he was happy to have the opportunity to speak in court, and respects the judge’s decision. Judge Kelly stated that he decided to approve YO status and time served because Spitzer had matured during his time in prison. The man is set to be released from the Eastern Correctional Facility today.

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