The ringleader of extremist Jews who burned to death a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem in 2014 was convicted of murder on Tuesday.
The Jerusalem District Court found Yosef Haim Ben David guilty of abducting and killing Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian.
In November, other suspects, two Israelis, aged 16 and 17, were convicted of the murder and were later sentenced to 21 years in prison and life in prison.
Principal of the crime, Ben David, a 30-year-old settler, admitted committing the murder during his investigation.
The court found him guilty but suspended his conviction due to insanity plea submitted only a few days before the final rule in his case.
On Tuesday, judges rejected his plea, based on a psychiatric evaluation, indicating that Ben David was “posing as insane.”
The killers said during their interrogation that they wanted to “avenge” the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens a month before by killing a Palestinian youth.
On July 2, 2014, the three murderers kidnapped Abu Khdeir near his home in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.
They strangled him and finally burned him while still alive.
The gruesome killing triggered violent protests in Jerusalem and about half a dozen other Arab cities throughout Israel.