Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Hasidic men who beat up gay black victim in Brooklyn attack sentenced to 150 hours of community service
A Brooklyn judge sentenced the two Hasidic men who admitted to participating in the vicious beating of a gay black man to 150 hours of community service on Tuesday.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun had delayed Pinchas Braver and Abraham Winkler's sentencing by seven days so they could find an appropriate placement for their community service but they still have not.
Braver's attorney Robert LaRusso admitted outside of Brooklyn Supreme Court on Tuesday that it is "not difficult" to find the right organization.
"It's not a problem — it's just being able to satisfy the prosecutor that the agency that we are asking the community service to be performed is satisfactory to them," said LaRusso.
Braver and Winkler had suggested participating at Chai Lifeline, an organization located in Borough Park that caters to Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses.
The organization is located outside of Williamsburg where the December 2013 incident occurred, but does not fit the criteria prosecutors suggested as "culturally diverse."
Braver and Winkler were the only two to admit guilt. Two others had their cases dropped and Mayer Herskovic starts trial next week.
Justice Chun informed the pair they have 30 days to find another organization or let the Department of Probation place them in a program.
They also received an extension to pay the $1,400 restitution.
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