Brooklyn, NY - Court Nixes Chai Lifeline As Community Service Vehicle In Williamsburg Beating
New York - A Brooklyn court has refused to accept volunteer time at a Chai Lifeline program as suitable community service for two men who admitted to taking part in the beating of a black man in Williamsburg.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/ByLOeh), Pinchas Braver and Abraham Winkler were ordered to pay Taj Paterson $1,400 in restitution for the December 2013 attack that left Paterson blind in one eye. The pair were also ordered to serve 150 hours of community service in a “culturally diverse neighborhood.”
During their sentencing on August 9th, Braver and Winkler asked to perform their community service hours at Chai Lifeline, according to the New York Post. Sentencing was adjourned last week in order to give prosecutors an opportunity to see if Chai Lifeline met the sentencing criteria but when court convened again today assistant district attorneys said that the organization did not fit the plea guidelines.
Braver and Winkler have 30 days to find a court approved program for their community service requirement. Should they be unable to do so, the court will assign them to an organization of its choice.
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