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Prosecutors won’t appeal community service term for man who shot dead car thief

Aryeh Schiff, who shot and killed a thief who broke into his car at his home in Arad, seen with supporters as he arrives for a court hearing at the Beersheba District Court, March 21, 2021. (Flash90)
Aryeh Schiff, who shot and killed a thief who broke into his car at his home in Arad, seen with supporters as he arrives for a court hearing at the Beersheba District Court, March 21, 2021. (Flash90)

Prosecutors say they won’t appeal the community service sentence handed to Arad resident Aryeh Schiff, 71, for shooting dead a man who was trying to steal his car.

In response to the announcement, relatives of Schiff say: “We are very happy, this is the right decision.”

Last year, 36-year-old Mahmoud Al-Atrash broke into Schiff’s vehicle, which was parked near the trailer where Schiff was sleeping. Upon hearing sounds of the break-in, Schiff got out of the trailer and shot at the vehicle with Al-Atrash inside.

Schiff was found guilty of reckless homicide in July as part of a plea deal.

Last month he was sentenced to the community service, as well as a suspended sentence of nine months, and was told to pay compensation to the victim’s family totaling NIS 10,000 ($3,200).

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