NORFOLK, Virginia — A Somali national who admitted his role in an April
10 attack on a US Navy ship off the coast of Africa has been sentenced
to 30 years in prison on Monday.
Jama Idle Ibrahim was sentenced in a US District Court in Norfolk,
Virginia, on three charges: an attack to plunder a vessel, an act of
violence against persons on a vessel, and use of a firearm during a
crime of violence.
He entered a guilty plea to the charges in August for his role in the
attack on the USS Ashland, a Virginia-based amphibious dock landing
A federal judge dismissed piracy charges against Ibrahim and five other
Somali defendants in August but left the remaining charges intact. The
five other men face trial.
Under Ibrahim's plea agreement, he will cooperate with the government in that trial.