Rabbi Victor Koltun, of Brooklyn, gets life in prison for double 'murder for hire' plot in Newburgh

Rabbi Victor Koltun was found guilty of masterminding a murder plot that left two people dead. (3/12/14)

GOSHEN - A Brooklyn rabbi has been sentenced to life in prison for a double murder-for-hire plot that left two men dead in Newburgh.

Former police officer Francis Piscopo and his nephew Gerald were both fatally shot in Newburgh in 2010. Prosecutors say Rabbi Victor Koltun paid to have Francis Piscopo killed to avoid paying a debt and that his nephew was just an innocent bystander.
The judge says Koltun showed no remorse during the trial, calling the killings "executions."

Tara Piscopo, Gerald Piscopo's sister, spoke in court Wednesday about her pain, saying she and her family have been given a life sentence and so should Koltun.

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Koltun apologized to the victims' family in court and says he feels bad for them, but professed his innocence to the charges.

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