Last of Somali Pirates Sentenced for Murdering American Sailors

By Gary Robertson NORFOLK, Va., Nov 14 (Reuters) - The last of the Somali pirates convicted of killing four Americans aboard a yacht sailing off the Horn of Africa in 2011 have been sentenced in federal court to multiple life sentences, authorities said on Thursday. Prosecutors originally sought the death penalty, but the jury that found the men guilty in July of piracy, … [Read more...]

U.S.’s First Modern-Day Pirate Prosecutor to Step Down

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA), Neil H. MacBride, announced this week that he will be stepping down from his post as the first prosecutor in modern-day America to win a piracy conviction. Under MacBride's leadership, the EDVA has been at the forefront of United States high-seas piracy prosecutions and since 2010 has convicted a total 26 pirates … [Read more...]

Three Somalis Convicted Of Piracy, Murder in S/V Quest Attack Off Oman

By Gary Robertson NORFOLK, Va., July 9 (Reuters) - Three Somalis were convicted on Monday of piracy, kidnapping and murder in the 2011 shooting deaths of four Americans sailing in the Indian Ocean off of Oman and could face the death penalty, according to court documents. The three men - and eleven others who previously pleaded guilty - boarded the Americans' yacht armed … [Read more...]

Feds Seek Death Penalty for Pirates in Quest Hijacking and Murders

U.S. prosecutors are reportedly seeking the death penalty against three Somali pirates charged with murdering four Americans aboard their sailing yacht, the S/V Quest, during February 2011 hijacking, according to the Associated Press. The S/V Quest and her crew, owners Jean and Scott Adam of California and friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were captured by … [Read more...]

Life in Prison for ‘Quest’ Hijackers

Two Somali men have been sentenced to life in prison for their role in the February hijacking of the S/V Quest and subsequent murder of the four Americans on board.  Mohamud Hirs Issa Ali, 32, and Jilani Abdiali, 20, both of Somalia, were handed down the sentence in Norfolk federal court yesterday.  Ali had pled guilty to piracy under the law of nations and hostage taking … [Read more...]