US killer in Israeli prison shot dead in gunbattle

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM

SHARON PRISON, Israel (AP) — Israeli special forces have raided a prison in central Israel, killing a notorious prisoner who was serving time for a gruesome murder carried out in the U.S.

Police identified the inmate as Samuel Sheinbein, an American who fled to Israel after murdering and dismembering another man in Maryland in 1997.

Police say special forces rushed to the prison in central Israel after Sheinbein stole a weapon and shot three guards, wounding two of them seriously, hen barricaded himself inside the compound.

Sheinbein's lawyers told Israeli TV that the 34-year-old prisoner was under duress and that the Israeli prison service has ignored their warnings.

Sheinbein was tried in Israel in 1999, two years after he fled to the country and successfully sought refuge from extradition to Maryland.

An Israeli court sentenced Sheinbein to 24 years for his slaying and dismemberment of 19-year-old Alfredo Enrique Tello Jr. Sheinbein was 17 at the time of the killing and could have faced a life sentence in Maryland.

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