WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler says the killing in Israel of a notorious prisoner who committed a gruesome murder in Montgomery County in 1997 brings closure to a troubled man's life.
On Sunday, Israeli special forces raided a prison after Samuel Sheinbein stole a weapon and shot three guards. Sheinbein barricaded himself before he was killed.
Sheinbein fled to Israel after murdering and dismembering Alfredo Tello Jr. in Maryland in 1997. He could have faced a life sentence in Maryland, but Israel refused to extradite him back to the United States. He was instead sentenced to 24 years in prison in Israel.
Sheinbein was nearing the end of his Israeli prison term and would have been eligible for parole, Gansler said. He said the incident Sunday seems like a suicide rampage just before Sheinbein's release.
Gansler says it brings closure, but he hopes the Israeli guards all survive.
Doug Duncan, who was the Montgomery County executive at the time of the murder, said the prison rampage could have been prevented. If Sheinbein had been kept in Maryland, hopefully none of this would have happened, Duncan said.