Somali pirates have been sentenced to life prison after murdering yacht crew

By Piracy

2 Somali pirates have been jailed for killing 4 Americans. One of their victims was a former producer of the TV show "The Love Boat". The 2 attackers have been imprisoned to life for participating in the crime aboard a yacht in February 2011.

Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Abrar have been jailed for murder, kidnapping, hostage-taking and piracy.

In February 19 pirates from Somalia boarded an American yacht and kidnapped the people aboard. Amid the hostages were the yacht's owners, Jean Adam and her husband Scott Adam, a producer who previously worked on TV show The Love Boat, and their two friends, Phyllis Patricia Macay and Robert Riggle. People aboard the yacht were traveling around the world and distributing Bibles before being attacked.

The attackers had 4 days negotiations with the U.S. Navy without success. The first plan of the Somali pirates was to go with the yacht and the hostage to Somali and then ask for ransom for millions. Nearing Somalia, the negotiations failed and the kidnappers angry fired a rocket-propelled grenade at one of the U.S. Navy ships after that gunshots were heard coming from the yacht.

The U.S. Navy then started a rescue operation and attempted to board the yacht, during the attack 4 Somali pirates died. After boarding the vessel all crew members were already dead.