Somali pirates get life sentence in fatal yacht hijacking

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Somali pirates get life sentence in fatal yacht hijacking

NORFOLK, Va. — A pair of Somali men were sentenced to life in prison Monday for their roles in the hijacking of a yacht that ended with the deaths of four Americans, including two from Seattle.
The owners of the Quest, Jean and Scott Adam, of Marina del Rey, Calif., along with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay, of Seattle, were shot to death in February several days after being taken hostage several hundred miles south of Oman. They were the first Americans to be killed in a wave of piracy that has plagued the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean in recent years.
A band of pirates had hoped to take the Americans back to Somalia so they could be ransomed, but that plan fell apart when four U.S. Navy warships began shadowing them.
During sentencing in federal court, Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf's attorney, Robert Rigney, said Yusuf was only a guard aboard the boat and was not considered a leader by the others. Yusuf told U.S. District Judge Mark Davis through an interpreter that before violence broke out aboard the yacht he had wanted to leave but was not allowed to do so by the other pirates.
Ali Abdi Mohamed also expressed remorse about the Americans' deaths.
Yusuf and Mohamed are the first of 11 men who have pleaded guilty to piracy in the case to be sentenced. Each of the men face mandatory life sentences, although that could eventually be reduced as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2015985613_piracy23.html
 

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So some skinnys killed some assholes that had no business taking a yacht into waters frequented by pirates. I say hang them, but fuck the guy that decided it was okay to go anywhere near the East Coast of Africa. This is the equivalent of driving your new Cadillac in the Bronx with Nebraska license plates.
 

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Each of the men face mandatory life sentences, although that could eventually be reduced as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.
What the fuck. What ever happened to just executing scumbags and tossing them in a hole? More useless people need killing.
 

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Shoulda just executed them all and dropped their bodies in the ocean when they were captured.

Keel hauling would work too, though.