Somali pirate recieves maximum sentence for role in ‘Maersk Alabama’ hijacking

Convicted Somali pirate, 21-year-old Abduwali Muse, was sentenced today in New York to 405 months, nearly 34 years, in federal prison for his participation in the April 8, 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama container ship in the Indian Ocean and the subsequent taking of the captain, Capt. Richard Phillips, as a hostage.  Muse was also charged for his participation in the hijacking of two other vessels in late March and early April of 2009. Those hijackings also involved the taking of hostages.

Muse pled guilty on May 18, 2010, to two felony counts of hijacking maritime vessels, two felony counts of kidnapping, and two felony counts of hostage taking.

According to a report from the New York Post, federal Judge Loretta Preska was teary eyed and choked up when she imposed the maximum sentence on Muse.

Details on the case can be found HERE.

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