State to appeal sentence given to killer of attorney Pliner

Pliner brutally stabbed at the door of her Ramat Hasharon home in 2006 by a 15-year-old; State says 18-year sentence not enough.

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The State Attorney’s Office filed an appeal on Wednesday against the sentence imposed on the minor convicted of murdering attorney Anat Pliner.
Pliner, a real estate attorney, was brutally stabbed at the door of her Ramat Hasharon home in 2006 by a 15-yearold.
Pliner’s killer was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in July. The prosecution had requested the maximum penalty for murder, life imprisonment.
The State Attorney’s Office said on Wednesday that the 18-year sentence did not fit the severity of the actions for which the defendant was convicted, and does not give proper weight to the clear danger he poses.
According to the charge sheet, the defendant, who cannot be named because of his age, decided to rob Pliner’s house at knifepoint because he wanted cash. When Pliner opened the door, he told her he was a neighbor, then demanded she hand over all her money.
Pliner screamed and he stabbed her twice in the stomach with a commando knife.
Pliner’s daughter, 12, and son, 10, were in the house at the time and witnessed the events.
The killer was arrested two years later, after police linked him to the murder. A DNA sample taken after his arrest for a different crime matched DNA found at the scene of the stabbing.
Pliner’s mother, Tehiyah Aharoni, has expressed outrage at the sentence and said the court should have handed down a life sentence.