Man sen­tenced to 2 life terms for mur­der­ing his two chil­dren

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By YONAH JEREMY BOB

Avi Levy was sen­tenced to two life terms in prison on Sun­day by the Lod Dis­trict Court for mur­der­ing his two chil­dren by slash­ing their throats in June 2014.

He was also or­dered to pay NIS 512,000 to the chil­dren’s mother, his ex-wife Keren, a dual US-Is­raeli cit­i­zen.

The chil­dren were Yishai, 11, and Sarah, 10.

Avi and Keren were mar­ried in the years 2002-2006. They di­vorced due to vi­o­lence on his part.

In 2009, Keren fled with the chil­dren to a bat­tered women’s shel­ter where she hid from him for an ex­tended pe­riod.

She even­tu­ally ob­tained a court order to take the chil­dren to the US, while agree­ing to a shared cus­tody ar­range­ment in which the chil­dren would pe­ri­od­i­cally visit Avi in Is­rael.

In 2013, Avi be­came an­gry when the chil­dren’s vis­its be­came less fre­quent and de­cided to mur­der them to take re­venge on Keren.

When he picked them up at the air­port dur­ing their June 2014 visit, he had al­ready pur­chased a 20-cm. knife to mur­der them.

Avi took his chil­dren to his house and con­vinced them to bind their hands, cover their eyes with ban­dan­nas and to bend down to­ward their knees.

Once they were com­pletely de­fense­less, he slit their throats.

He then drove to the po­lice sta­tion and turned him­self in for the mur­der.

Be­fore he was sen­tenced, his sis­ter tried to plead for le­niency with the court, claim­ing that Keren’s fail­ure to honor the shared cus­tody ar­range­ment had driven him in­sane, and that nor­mally he loved his chil­dren.

But the court con­cluded that he was sane when he per­pe­trated “two sep­a­rate bru­tal acts which he un­der­took us­ing force against his two chil­dren.”

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