By Oren Yaniv (NY Daily News)
February 7, 2013
The prison sentence of convicted child molester Nechemya Weberman was slashed by more than half when he was shipped upstate last week, records show.
While a Brooklyn judge gave the unlicensed Hasidic counselor 103 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl for three years, the Corrections Department applied a 50-year limit the law has set for the felony he was convicted of.
Unless he commits major offenses behind bars, Weberman, 54, will have seven years cut from his term and be released in 2055 when he’s 97, records show.
Court insiders said that sentencing adjustments like the one in this case are not uncommon. Judges sometimes go over the statutory ceiling to make a statement or to limit reductions by the appellate court.
“The judge sentenced the defendant as he saw fit and in accordance with the law,” said David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the court system.
He’s being held in Downstate Correction Facility in Fishkill, Dutchess County.