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        9/10/2012, Elul 23, 5772

      High Court Reduces Sentence of Philip Geller's Killer


      The Supreme Court decided, Monday morning, to reduce the prison sentence of the teenager convicted in the stabbing death of fellow teenager Philip Geller, giving the youth credit for the 11 months he has served in a closed rehabilitation facility. The High Court ruled that the convicted killer will remain in the facility another year before going to the Ofakim Youth Prison to serve out the rest of the sentence. In doing so, the court partially accepted the boy's request to be in rehabilitation until 20 before going to prison, and rejected prosecutors attempts to increase the eight-year sentence handed down by the Be'er Sheva' District Court to 12 years.

      Geller's mother, Marina, was furious at the decision, explaining, "A murderer might get out in five years. He'll pass me and smile at me as if nothing happened. But where is my boy, who was supposed to finish 12th grade this year? He won't study and won't graduate simply because he was cruelly murdered in a completely monstrous way."