Somali pirate gets over 33 years in prison for 2009 attack on US-flagged ship off Africa
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.
His lawyers had asked for the minimum term, 27 years.