U.S. court sentences Somali pirate to 30 years in prison

(WASHINGTON) — A federal court in Virginia has sentenced a Somali man to 30 years in prison for his role in a piracy attack on a U.S. Navy ship, Agence France-Presse reported. The defendant had pleaded guilty to his role in the attempted hijacking of the USS Ashland, which the pirates mistakenly thought was a commercial vessel. It’s the first piracy sentencing in Norfolk in about 150 years.
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By Professional Mariner Staff