Somalis get life in prison for US yacht hijacking
Sunday, October 2, 2011
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A fourth Somali man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the hijacking of a yacht that left all four Americans on board dead.
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're 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.
Eleven men have pleaded guilty to piracy in the case. Mahdi Jama Mohamed is the fourth man to receive the mandatory life sentence. Muhidin Salad Omar received the same sentence earlier Monday.