police car 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Twin brothers Naor and Adir Sodmi were convicted Sunday of the 2010 killing of
sevenyear- old Leon Kalantarov and will face 22- and 19-year prison sentences,
The Central District Court in Petah Tikva convicted the
brothers after they signed a plea bargain with the State Attorney’s Office,
confessing to having sexually molested and then killed Kalantarov, in exchange
for the state dropping murder charges.
Kalantarov’s body was found
wrapped in plastic bags under a bed in the home of the Sodmi twins in Moshav
Bnei Ayish in January 2010.
The indictment stated that the accused had
sexually molested Kalantarov and afterwards chocked him by placing their hands
over his mouth and nostrils.
The Sodmi twins were also convicted of
committing indecent acts against other minors. The charge sheet detailed how the
twins would entice minors to their home, where they were shown pornographic
movies and sexually molested.
The victim’s father Arthur Kalantarov, who
attended the hearing, said it was better for the men to die in prison than
return to society.
He also said he could not bear the thought that the
men would eventually be released, with time taken off the sentence for good
The prosecutor said that though the state had consulted with
the family prior to signing the agreement, the family’s opposition to a deal was
rejected because of the difficulty in substantiating all of the charges against
During the hearing the brothers confessed and apologized
for their actions.
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