Maksim Gelman, the Brighton Beach, Brooklyn resident who murdered four people and tried to kill two others, has been sentenced to 200 years in jail. The sentence, which amounts to life imprisonment – imposed by Judge Vincent DelGiudice – covered four counts of murder in the second degree, two counts of attempted murder in the second degree, two counts of robbery in the first degree and two counts of robbery in the second degree, and three counts of assault in the second degree. “While there will never be justice for the victims and their families,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, “the judge sent a strong message by imposing consecutive sentences and ensuring that he will never see the light of day.”
Gelman was given 25 years-to-life sentences for each murder count, 25 years for each count of attempted murder, and the maximum sentences for the additional counts to run consecutively. He was also ordered to pay a $5000 court fee.
The case against Gelman stemmed from his actions on February 11, 2011, when, according to authorities, he stabbed his stepfather to death during an argument, and then murdered a woman and her daughter. Following these atrocities, Gelman stole a car at knifepoint and stabbed its owner, and – while driving away from the scene – struck and killed a pedestrian. The next morning, Gelman attacked and injured two drivers, stealing the second driver’s car. He was ultimately arrested when he attacked a man on the subway.
In a recent jailhouse interview, Gelman claimed that he had planned to kill Levi Aron, the notorious murderer of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky. Gelman explained that he regularly encountered Aron in prison, and felt that he could redeem himself in the public’s eyes by murdering Aron. “He’s sick,” Gelman said of Aron. “How do you do that to a little kid? I only killed for business. People would have considered me a hero for killing him.” Gelman further revealed that he and Aron have often watched television together, and that whenever children appeared on the screen, Aron would smile and say that he likes children.