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Pirates sentenced for murder of American sailors

Three Somali nationals, all in their 20s, were sentenced Aug. 2 to life-in-prison for their roles in the murder on Feb. 22, 2011, of four Americans aboard the sailing vessel Quest. 

The victims included: Scott Underwood Adam, Jean Savage Adam, Phyllis Patricia Macay, and Robert Campbell Riggle.

The Somalis, who were previously found guilty by jury of all 26 counts charged, including piracy, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, hostage taking resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death, and multiple firearms offenses, were sentenced by a federal jury.

The four Americans whose yacht was hijacked by Somali pirates off Oman were shot and killed, the first Americans to die in pirate attacks that began in Somali waters two decades ago and now have spread far out into the Indian Ocean.

Click here for the full Department of Justice press release.