Five young Somali men face life in prison after being convicted of piracy in the April attack on a US Navy ship.
Prosecutors said the men attacked the USS Nicholas after mistaking it for a merchant ship and were out for as much as $40,000 (£24,800)
in ransom money.
But the men’s lawyers maintained the five only fired their weapons to attract attention and get help.
The verdict is the first in a piracy case in the US in nearly 200 years. The men face a mandatory life sentence.
The five men were convicted of piracy, attacking to plunder a maritime vessel, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
They were arrested in April, along with six others who were captured a few days later in waters near Djibouti after allegedly shooting at the USS Ashland, an amphibious vessel.
Five young Somali men face life in prison after being convicted of piracy in…
by Tactical-Life.com / Nov 29, 2010