March 14, 2011

UPI "Five Somali pirates were sentenced in Virginia Monday to life in federal prison with another 80 years tacked on for attacking a U.S. warship."

'"Today marks the longest sentence ever given to a pirate in U.S. court, following the first time in over 190 years that an American jury has convicted a defendant of piracy," U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said in a statement. "Today's sentences should send a clear message to those who attempt to engage in piracy: Armed attacks on U.S.-flagged vessels carry severe consequences in U.S. courts."

'MacBride said it is believed 650 to 800 people are being held hostage by Somali pirates and pegged the global cost of piracy at as much as $12 billion a year.'

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