(JTA) — A Ukrainian court convicted four people of the robbery of a rabbi in 2016 that resulted in his death.
Two of the defendants in the trial around the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch in 2017 were minors when they committed their crimes,according to the prosecutor’s office of the Zhytomyr region. Of the four defendants, two are women, the office said in a statement Friday.
The adults, aged 43 and 24, received 11 and nine years in jail respectively for robbery and causing severe bodily harm, but were neither charged nor convicted of murder of manslaughter. The remaining defendants were sentenced to seven years each.
They assaulted Deitsch, who was a Chabad rabbi and was recognizably Jewish from his attire, near the Zhytomyr’s train station at about 11 p.m. and stole from him a cellular phone worth about $600 and another $60 in cash, the statement said.
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