3 sentenced in kidnapping, murder-for-hire plot

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Three men have been sentenced in connection with the kidnapping and murder plot of a husband who refused his wife a religious divorce, known in the Orthodox Jewish community as a "get."

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday the sentencing in the murder-for-hire scheme that rocked the religious community of Kiryas Joel.

Aharon Goldberg, Shimen Liebowitz and Binyamin Gottlieb were sentenced after admitting to their roles in planning and covering up a plot to kidnap and kill a Hasidic man unwilling to give his wife a religious divorce.

The FBI made the arrests last year.

According to the federal complaint, Gottlieb admitted to paying a confidential informant $25,000 to commit murder. Liebowitz and Goldberg also allegedly paid thousands to carry out the scheme.

Those who claim to know Liebowitz allege the rabbi is well-known for intimidating families who marry outside of the main synagogue. 

Liebowitz will now spend two years in prison; Goldberg will serve three years in prison; and Gottlieb has one year of probation.

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