Wednesday, August 21, 2013

U.S. Jury Recommends Life for Somali Pirates

Three Somali pirates, convicted in July of killing four Americans - including three hams - should be sentenced to life in prison, according to a federal jury in Norfolk, Virginia. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty.
The pirates hijacked the Americans' yacht and took them hostage off the coast of east Africa in 2011, then killed them as a U.S. Navy rescue team closed in. According to Newsline, the four Americans were Scott Adam, K9ESO; his wife, Jean Adam, KF6RVB; Bob Riggle, KE7IIV, and Phylis Macay. Federal Judge Rebecca Beach Smith is expected to hand down her sentence in November.