Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Shaul Spitzer, convicted firebomber, marries in New Square 

Shaul Spitzer got married in New Square on Monday night before family and the grand rabbi of the Skver Hasidic sect.

Spitzer was released from prison in October after serving 3 1/2 years for severely burning New Square dissident Aron Rottenberg in 2011 during an attempt to firebomb the Rottenberg family's house in the village. Spitzer was 18 at the time of the incident.

Spitzer married Chava Reitzenstein, whose father Avraham Reitzenstein is an ardent supporter of the grand rabbi.

Spitzer's attack was reportedly motivated by Rottenberg's decision to pray outside the village's synagogue on the sabbath, bucking the Hasidic community's grand rabbi's edicts. Spitzer had worked as a butler for New Square Grand Rabbi David Twersky and lived in the rabbi's house with other devotees.

New York state Supreme Court Justice William Kelly released Spitzer early from his seven-year sentence after awarding the young man retroactive youthful offender status.

An appeals court had sent the case back to Kelly for resentencing over the youthful offender issue.

District Attorney Thomas Zugibe opposed Spitzer's release, as did Rottenberg, who left the village after getting a nearly $3 million settlement.

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