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Man jailed after killing yeshiva teacher Moshe Berkowitz in Brooklyn New York

By Mason White 12:54 PM March 19, 2013
Moshe Berkowitz 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide related charged after hitting and killing a Brooklyn, New York, yeshiva teacher, according to court proceedings in New York.

Now, the Brooklyn man who was convicted of running a red light and hitting a popular yeshiva teacher broke down in court today, asking his victim’s family for forgiveness just before being hit with a four to 12 year prison sentence.

Anel Kolenovic, 25, was intoxicated before getting behind the wheel of his Volkswagen Passat and hitting a car driven by Moshe Berkowitz in Midwood in 2010.

“The pain I caused to the family and friends of Berkowitz is tearing me apart since it happened,” he said through tears and cries in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
“Although nothing I say can heal the wounds that I caused, I hope one day I could be forgiven,” he added.

Kolenovic turned to the Berkowitz family before making his statement to the court.
“Please forgive me,” he said. “I never wanted this to happen,” he added.

He could have got 15 years in prison and prosecutors had asked for the maximum.
“It was a series of irresponsible choices,” Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Gayle Dampf, said. “There has to be a lesson learned,” he added.

After sentencing, Berkowitz’s father said he was happy with the verdict.
“It was a just penalty. Justice was done,” Jack Berkowitz, said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view