Killer of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir gets life sentence

Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped and killed in Jerusalem in July 2014.

Story highlights

  • This brings to three the total of people sentenced for the 2014 killing
  • Yosef Haim Ben-David also is ordered to pay Abu Khdeir's family about $40,000
  • The Palestinian teen was burned to death after the killing of three Israeli youths in the West Bank

(CNN)The ringleader of the 2014 murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir has been sentenced to life in prison, the Jerusalem District Court said Tuesday.

Yosef Haim Ben-David was also sentenced to an additional 20 years for other charges, including kidnapping, and was ordered to pay the victim's family 150,000 shekels (approximately $40,000), according to a news release from the court.
    Ben-David was convicted last month of kidnapping and murdering Abu Khdeir. The 16-year-old Palestinian was kidnapped, beaten and burned in July 2014. His charred body was found in a forest.
    The judge also sentenced two minors convicted of helping Ben-David to life in prison and to an additional 21 years for other charges. Israeli authorities have not released the names of the convicted Israeli teenagers.
    Ben-David was ordered to pay 20,000 shekels (approximately $5,000) to the family of another Palestinian child he attempted to kidnap the night before the Abu Khdeir murder, the news release said.
    The Palestinian teen was murdered after the killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. They were abducted on their way home from school and their bodies were found more than two weeks later in a field.
    Israel blamed the deaths on the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
    Authorities have said Abu Khdeir was killed in retaliation. Abu Khdeir's death sparked weeks of angry protests by Palestinians.
    The separate killings contributed to soaring tensions between Israelis and Palestinians before the 2014 Gaza war.