Somali man to facing 30 years in prison for piracy
November 29th, 2010
03:26 PM ET

Somali man to facing 30 years in prison for piracy

A federal court on Monday sentenced a Somali man to 30 years in prison for acts related to high-seas piracy, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

"Today marks the first sentencing in Norfolk for acts of piracy in more than 150 years," U.S. Attorney MacBride said in the statement. "Piracy is a growing threat throughout the world, and today's sentence ... demonstrates that the United States will hold modern-day pirates accountable in U.S. courtrooms."

Jama Idle Ibrahim pleaded guilty in federal court in August, admitting he had intended to seize a U.S. merchant vessel on April 10 and hold it for ransom.


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  1. osama bin diesel


    November 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ori

    Well That Ought To Stop Him Cause I Myself Would Be Scared Of All That Water.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ori

    I Wonder Did He Ever Take A Bath Its Plenty More Of Those Stink Bumbs Out There.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ori

    Well That Ought To be His Last Time Robbing Ships. Ahah Mate

    November 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |

    bad luck talking about pirates in these waters.

    November 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chucka

    Why does everyone think this is a good thing? Now "we the people" get to support him (food and lodging) for the next 30 years in a far better manner than he lived and ate at home in Somalia – Tell me again why this is a good thing?

    November 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dionysius john

      Hang him, like his predecessors...

      November 29, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kim

    Murders get lighter sentence and people feel good about thereselfs and call that justice dam dont waste the effort is what i suggest those poor somalli anytime the dig up some 150 year old charges it all sounds so incredibly ridiculas like a fiction or make believe oh well. I never been to somaili Im not going to its just another country americans went out of their way to make sure they will hate all americans. Just great

    November 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ariel......

      so what? hate stems from fear- good if they all fear America – what more can you hope for in a bent up world??

      February 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    .............The...Red ...Shuttle...

    November 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mehdi General Dr. Bad

    Sorry america,i get a little cranky when i havnt had any dick in a while

    November 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank

    Their still after Captain Teech ( Blackbeard ) and the crew of the Queen Anne's Revenge, aren't they?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    It's ok Mehdi. It's ok. Let it all out. Good job. Your med's dosage has been decreased since you have been doing so well.

    November 30, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ariel......

    USA sentence -life? somehow means 10 years or whatever- how about GB sentence-keel haul is what they called it -how about mandatory?

    February 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |