Car Ramming Terrorist Sentenced to Life Plus 20 Years

At the levayah of Shalom Yochai Sherki, Hy”d, April 16, 2015. (Flash90)

Khaled Kutina, who ran down and killed Shalom Yochai Sherki, Hy”d, in April 2015, was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison Monday by a Yerushalayim court. In the attack, he also badly injured 20-year-old Shira Klein in the car ramming attack at French Hill in Yerushalayim. Shalom Sherki, 25, was the son of Rabbi Uri Sherky, well-known in the French Jewish community in Israel, and brother of Channel Two journalist Yair Sherki.

Sherki and Klein were waiting at a bus stop in French Hill when Kutina and a companion slammed into them. The incident occurred on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, and under questioning Kutina stated that he had specifically chosen that day to attack Jews.

In a separate decision, two Arab terrorists who had planned to carry out a terror attack against Israelis on behalf of the Islamic State terror group were sentenced to ten and nine years in prison respectively. The two pleaded guilty in a plea arrangement to charges including conspiracy to commit a terror act, and other charges. The two were convicted last November. They have been in custody since the trial.