ISIS ‘Beatle’ member sentenced to life in jail for terror beheadings


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One of many males convicted of kidnapping and killing American journalist James Foley, together with three different People in Syria, was sentenced to life in jail in a Virginia court docket Friday.

Alexanda Kotey, who was joined by El Shafee Elsheikh, was sentenced on the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia for crimes he inflicted upon 4 People that in the end resulted of their deaths. 

FILE PHOTO: Alexanda Kotey is seen in this undated handout picture in Amouda, Syria, released Feb. 9, 2018. 

FILE PHOTO: Alexanda Kotey is seen on this undated handout image in Amouda, Syria, launched Feb. 9, 2018. 
(Syrian Democratic Forces/Handout by way of REUTERS)


Elsheikh, who was convicted earlier this month and can face sentencing later, was directed by the decide to even be current on the sentencing Friday in order that he might hear the influence statements given by members of the family of his victims.

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Kotey and Elsheikh, each of whom are British nationals, had been part of an ISIS cell dubbed “The Beatles” by their captives because of their accents.

Ringleader of their group was the notorious Mohammed Emwazi, extra generally referred to as Jihadi John, who was killed in Syria in 2015. 


Acting US Attorney Raj Parekh (C), of the Eastern District of Virginia, speaks following the guilty pleas by Alexanda Kotey, a member of the notorious Islamic State kidnapping cell dubbed the

Appearing US Legal professional Raj Parekh (C), of the Japanese District of Virginia, speaks following the responsible pleas by Alexanda Kotey, a member of the infamous Islamic State kidnapping cell dubbed the “Beatles,” to fees of conspiring to homicide 4 American hostages, alongside the victims’ households, outdoors the US District Court docket in Alexandria, Virginia, Sept. 2, 2021. 
(SAUL LOEB/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

Foley was beheaded by Islamic State terrorists in Syria in 2014 after being kidnapped and held captive in 2012.

“I pity you both for choosing hate,” Michael Foley, brother to the American journalist mentioned throughout his influence assertion.

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Kotey, 38, is from west London the place he transformed to Islam earlier than touring to Syria and serving with ISIS from 2012 to 2015 when he was captured by Kurdish fighters.

The U.S. Justice Division mentioned Kotey participated within the “seizure, detention and hostage negotiations” of 4 People, together with Foley, Kayla Mueller, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig.

Kotey beforehand pled responsible to eight counts of hostage-taking and terrorism-related counts leading to loss of life.

James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller were American killed at the hands of ISIS under al-Baghdadi's leadership

James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller had been American killed by the hands of ISIS underneath al-Baghdadi’s management

Foley, Sotloff and Kassig had been all beheaded in 2014.

Mueller later died in 2015 as an ISIS hostage throughout an airstrike. 

“We miss our beautiful daughter,” her mom Marsha mentioned throughout her influence assertion, recalling particulars she discovered of her daughter’s detention, torture and rape.

“I lost my faith in God and our government,” Mueller’s father Carl mentioned when addressing Kotey and Elsheikh.

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Kotey was charged with the crimes in opposition to the 4 People Friday, however he’s recognized to have “participated in hostage operations involving British, Italian, Danish and German nationals, among others,” in response to the Division of Justice. 


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