NORFOLK, Va. – A federal judge in Virginia has sentenced a Somali pirate to 19 consecutive life sentences in prison for his role in the shooting deaths of four Americans.
Chief District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith sentenced Ahmed Muse Salad on Tuesday.
Salad was one of three Somalis convicted in the 2011 murders of the Americans aboard the yacht Quest off the coast of Africa. Salad and the others were among 19 who boarded the yacht in hopes of taking the Americans back to Somalia so they could be ransomed for millions of dollars. The plan fell apart when the U.S. Navy began shadowing the 58-foot sailboat.
Prosecutors say Salad repeatedly fired an AK-47 at the Americans after negotiations broke down. They say he showed no remorse and bragged about killing them.