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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Pirates indicted in Norfolk

By Dana Hedgpeth

Update, 2 p.m.: The indictment was handed up and announced at a news conference.

Original post:
A federal grand jury in Norfolk is expected to indict 13 men from Somalia and one from Yemen for allegedly pirating a yacht and taking hostage four U.S. citizens who were later killed. the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said Thursday.

In late February, four Americans were killed after pirates hijacked their yacht off the coast of East Africa. The pirates had said the four were killed because the hijackers felt threatened after American warships had surrounded the boat, according to media reports.


The Americans killed were Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle and Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif. The four had made their home aboard a 58-foot yacht since December 2004.

Federal law enforcement officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alexandria, the FBI's New York and Norfolk field offices and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are expected to make the announcement Thursday afternoon in Norfolk.


By Dana Hedgpeth  | March 10, 2011; 10:57 AM ET
Categories:  Around the World, Dana Hedgpeth, From the Courthouse, Updates  | Tags:  Pirates; Americans killed  
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Comments

Good! hopefully they will get either life or death sentences thrown at them.

Posted by: masefa2005 | March 10, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Good! hopefully they will get either life or death sentences thrown at them.

Posted by: masefa2005 |

They want the death penalty. Thats why its in VA.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 10, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that when the US Gov't tried to try the 911 terrorists in NY NJ there was a huge uproar and the protests forced the government to change their mind. Yet we bring these terrorists to Norfolk for incarceration and trial and there is hardly a peep. And yes, they do meet the definition of being terrorists. Maybe we can open a welcome center in Va. for terrorists.

Posted by: rsteffens1 | March 10, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

And I am not really for the death penalty but in this case they should be drowned.

Posted by: wisepat | March 10, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Skin 'em alive. It's the pirate way.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | March 10, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Arrr me matey...

Good! hopefully they will get either life or death sentences thrown at them.

Posted by: masefa2005 |

They want the death penalty. Thats why its in VA.

Posted by: ged0386"

Agreed. The Federal Gvt learned its lesson. Stay away from huge metropolises and try them in VA or Texas. Higher likelihood of a win and death penalty.

Posted by: mjc3 | March 11, 2011 7:46 AM | Report abuse

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