Somali Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Attack On U.S. Ship
11/29/2010 3:28 PM ET
(RTTNews) - A Somali man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday for engaging in acts of piracy against the U.S.S. Ashland, a Virginia-based based amphibious dock landing ship.
The Justice Department said that Jama Idle Ibrahim pleaded guilty to attacking to plunder a vessel, engaging in an act of violence against persons on a vessel and to using a firearm during a crime of violence in regard to the attack on the Ashland in April.
"Today marks the first sentencing in Norfolk for acts of piracy in more than 150 years," said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride. "Ibrahim admitted his role in an armed attack on a U.S. Navy ship in the Gulf of Aden, after mistaking it for a merchant vessel."
He added, "Piracy is a growing threat throughout the world, and today's sentence, along with last week's convictions, demonstrates that the United States will hold modern-day pirates accountable in U.S. courtrooms."
Last Wednesday, five Somali men were convicted on federal piracy charges for attacking the U.S.S. Nicholas off the coast of Africa.
by RTT Staff Writer
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