Judge gives Somali pirate 12 life sentences

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Posted: Aug 13, 2012 3:45 PM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a Somali pirate to serve a dozen life sentences in prison for his role as a hostage negotiator in the hijacking of a German merchant vessel and a U.S. yacht.

The four Americans aboard the yacht were shot to death by pirates. The crew on the other vessel was tortured to get a higher ransom.

Mohammad Saaili Shibin was convicted earlier this year of the 15 charges he faced, including piracy, kidnapping and hostage-taking. Shibin's attorney says he will appeal.

U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar told Shibin on Monday that he was fortunate he didn't get the death penalty. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the three men charged with shooting the Americans.