Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Two Shomrim thugs who dodged jail after beating a gay black man into a pulp are now trying to shirk the conditions of their plea deal.
Pinchas Braver and Abraham Winkler — who admitted to jumping Taj Patterson as he walked down a Williamsburg block in Brooklyn in December 2013 — have now taken issue with the DA's recommendation that they serve their 150 hours of community service in a "culturally diverse neighborhood."
Instead, the men want to toil at Chai Lifeline, an organization for sick Jewish children.
While Braver, 22, and Winkler, 42, were in court Tuesday for sentencing, prosecutors opted to return to court Aug. 16 after a more thorough investigation into Chai, which describes itself as an organization dedicated to offering "a number of services for Jewish children with life-threatening illness."
As part of the plea, the two men agreed to be sentenced on charges of unlawful imprisonment to three years probation and to pay $1,400 restitution for the vicious attack, which left Patterson permanently blind in his left eye.
Though five defendants were originally charged in the beating, charges were dropped against two of them — Aharon Hollender and Joseph Fried — in 2014 and 2015. The remaining defendant, Mayer Heskovic, has opted to head to trial. He will return to court Aug. 23.
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