Somali pirate gets 41 1/2 years for attack on Navy ship

By Tim McGlone
The Virginian-Pilot

A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a Somali pirate to 41-1/2 years in prison after rejecting a prosecutor’s call for a mandatory life term.

Mohamed Ali Said, 30, was convicted along with five other Somali men of piracy and related charges in the April 2010 attack on the dock landing ship Ashland. Each faced a mandatory life prison term for the piracy convictions.

Attorneys for Said and the five others argued that mandatory life violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The judge agreed.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Hatch argued that life in prison was appropriate, calling the attack harsh and heinous and adding that Said has shown no remorse or acceptance of responsibility.

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