Somali pirate gets life term in US

2012-03-30 22:19

Virginia - A Somali man has received a life sentence for his role in the hijacking of an American yacht that left four dead.

A US judge in Virginia sentenced Said Abdi Fooley on Friday. He had pleaded guilty to piracy, which carries a mandatory life term.

Fooley is among 11 men who pleaded guilty to piracy for hijacking the Quest off the coast of Africa in February 2011.

The yacht owners, Jean and Scott Adam, and their friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay were fatally shot after negotiations with the US Navy broke down.

Three other men face murder charges.

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