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FILE - In this April 20, 2009 file photo, FBI agents escort Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse into FBI headquarters in New York. Muse has admitted he's a modern-day pirate. The U.S. government says he also has an old-school sadistic streak. The prosecutors argue Muse's ruthlessness is one reason he should get nearly 34 years at sentencing Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011 in a Mahattan courtroom. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, File)

Somali pirate gets over 33 years in prison for 2009 attack on US-flagged ship off Africa

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A Somali pirate who attacked a U.S.-flagged ship off the coast of Africa in 2009 has been sentenced to more than 33 years in prison.

Federal Judge Loretta Preska cited the need for deterrence in issuing the 33-year, nine-month sentence. U.S. prosecutors had asked a Manhattan judge to give Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse (AHB'-dih-wah-lee AHB'-dih-kah-dir moo-SAY') nearly 34 years in prison.


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