Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me…..more like a pirate’s life in prison!
Ah, piracy. Something that most of us find fascinating in movies and books. A pirate’s life is seen as rough but almost glamorous when Hollywood portrays it. Right? I mean, just think about Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Yeah, well…that is not quite the case. Pirates do still exist, and are very savage people.
In fact, a Somali pirate was arrested on Wednesday, and sentenced to life in prison, after attacking a U.S. Navy Ship. Ol’ boy messed with the wrong crew!
Fox News reports:
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 31-year-old Mohamed Farah was among seven pirates who tried to commandeer the USS Ashland in 2010.
The men had mistaken the Ashland for a cargo vessel in the Gulf of Aden. After the pirates opened fire, U.S. sailors destroyed their skiff and killed one pirate.
The sailors rescued the surviving pirates. Farah and the remaining attackers were prosecuted in federal court in Norfolk and sentenced to various jail terms.
Farah’s attorney, Jason Dunn, told The Associated Press in an email that the sentence was excessive but unavoidable.
The life sentence is not a new punishment for piracy. It has been in place since 1909, and before that, death was actually a mandatory punishment. I would say he got off pretty easy, in that sense.
I must ask though, did he honestly think that was a battle he could win?
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