ISIS ‘Beatle’ Gets Life in Prison for Torturing, Murdering U.S. Hostages

A British national who was part of the ISIS “Beatles” became the highest ranking ISIS official to be sentenced in U.S. court Friday to life in prison. El Shafee Elsheikh kidnapped about two dozen Westerners a decade ago, many of whom were beaten, raped, and beheaded. He was prosecuted for his role in the deaths of four Americans, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller. Three of the four were beheaded in videos put online, while the Mueller was forced into slavery and raped before she was killed. “This prosecution unmasked the vicious and sadistic ISIS Beatles,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh, referencing the fact that Elsheikh and his associates would often wear masks in torture sessions. Elsheikh and his three collaborators were dubbed the “Beatles” due to their British accents, which stood out in Islamic State’s many gory propaganda videos.Read it at NBC News
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A Mt. Vernon man receives a 75-year prison term for child exploitation

A Mt. Vernon man has been sentenced to a combined 75 years in prison. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department reports a judge sentenced 28-year-old Cody Rector to:. 40 years for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. 20 years for the Dissemination of Child Pornography. 15 years for Child Pornography...

Mastermind of Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping Paroled from Prison

As reported by CBS News, Frederick Woods was granted parole this week after serving 45 years in prison for his role in kidnapping a California school bus full of students and holding them along with their driver for a ransom of $5 million, which today would be worth over $25 million.

Wyden, Merkley letter to federal prisons boss seeks clarity on conditions at Oregon prison

Conditions are terrible at Oregon’s federal prison based in Sheridan, according to statements given by inmates in multiple court filings over several years. According to the filings, many people incarcerated at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institute have unmet medical needs, are kept in small cells for large parts of the day, and have received extremely limited access to family and lawyers, among other alleged injustices.

Double murder suspect convicted on attempted escape charges

APPLETON, Wis–An Outagamie County double murder suspect is convicted on charges related to an attempted jail escape. Matthew Beyer pleads “no contest” to counts of Attempted Escape and Taking a Hostage. Beyer pulled a sharp object on a jail guard while trying to get out of the...

Monongalia County deputy conditionally released, awaits arraignment

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – The Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputy facing federal charges has been released on bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court August 25 at 1 p.m. Lance Kuretza, 38, is accused of punching, elbowing and using pepper spray on a suspect restrained in handcuffs...

Buffalo man sentenced on gun charge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man was sentenced on Thursday to 3 1/2 years in prison followed by 1 1/2 years of post-release supervision for attempted possession of an illegal gun. On November 21, 2020 at approximately 3:30 p.m., police responded to a fight at an auto mechanic shop on Hinman Avenue and saw […]