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    Last of Somali Pirates Sentenced in Americans' Deaths

    FILE - The S/V Quest yacht that belonged to Jean and Scott Adams. On February 22, 2011, Somali pirates killed four Americans after hijacking the yacht.
    FILE - The S/V Quest yacht that belonged to Jean and Scott Adams. On February 22, 2011, Somali pirates killed four Americans after hijacking the yacht.
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    The last members of a group of Somali pirates convicted in the deaths of four Americans have been sentenced to multiple life terms.

    A U.S. federal judge on Thursday ordered the two men to serve 21 life sentences, 19 of them consecutively. A third man received a similar sentence on Tuesday.

    Prosecutors originally sought the death penalty for the three men, who were convicted of murder, piracy and other charges for their roles in the 2011 hijacking of a yacht off the coast of Africa.

    Investigators said the three men were among 19 pirates who boarded the Quest with a goal of holding the four Americans for ransom. The yacht was owned by Jean and Scott Adam, who were traveling with two friends.

    Prosecutors said one of the pirates fired a rocket propelled grenade toward a U.S. naval vessel after hostage negotiations had gotten under way.

    They say that shortly thereafter, the three men who were sentenced this week opened fire on the hostages.

    In a Thursday statement, acting U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said the multiple life sentences "send a clear message that piracy, hostage taking and murder" will not be tolerated.

    Eleven other men who had boarded the yacht have already received life sentences. Four pirates died during the siege. One was released because he was a juvenile.

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    by: Anonymous
    November 16, 2013 1:26 PM
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    by: Ian from: USA
    November 15, 2013 10:35 AM
    "In a Thursday statement, acting U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said the multiple life sentences "send a clear message that piracy, hostage taking and murder" will not be tolerated."

    What a farce ! a clear message ! only a judge could call that a clear message !!!
    A message that said loud and clear that if you committing an act of piracy and kill Americans , you either get away with ransom money or will be taken care of with food and free room, medical service in an american prison .
    And this is the biggest joke of all:
    "A U.S. federal judge on Thursday ordered the two men to serve 21 life sentences, 19 of them consecutively"
    Useless sentence, for what? does the government intend for each of them to reincarnate after this life in prison then track them down and put them in the prison in their future lives . Sounds like Mumbo jumbo sci-fi to me

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