A person referred to as the ‘Ringo’ of the so-called ‘ISIS Beatles’ by prosecutors for slaughtering 4 American hostages has averted spending the remainder of his life at a supermax prison.
El Shafee Elsheikh, 34, will allegedly not be jailed in solitary confinement at ADX Florence in Colorado – however as a substitute he’ll spend his sentence at a much less restrictive prison on the identical web site referred to as USP Florence High.
Elsheikh obtained eight life sentences after committing ‘a few of the most barbaric terrorist acts ever seen’ as a part of the twisted ‘ISIS Beatles’ group which captured, tortured and killed a gaggle of journalists and support employees in Syria in 2014.
The terror ring gained the named due to their British accents.
Three of the victims have been beheaded on video earlier than the sickening footage was launched on-line by the loss of life cult – surprising the world.
According to The Mirror, he will reside the remainder of his days amongst a normal prison inhabitants after his legal professionals argued for him to keep away from the so-called ‘concrete field’ at the supermax prison because of ‘indicators of psychological and bodily deterioration from his current and previous detention.’
El Shafee Elsheikh, 34, won’t go to what’s referred to as a ‘concrete field’ at the ADX Florence prison in Colorado however a much less restrictive prison on the identical web site referred to as USP Florence High
USP Florence High, the prison the place Elsheikh will serve out his eight life sentences
Left: US freelance journalist Steven Sotloff. Right: Kayla Mueller is proven after chatting with a gaggle in Prescott, Arizona. Both have been killed in Syria by ISIS
James Foley is pictured whereas protecting the civil battle in Aleppo, Syria
Peter Kassig, 26, in Syria wrote a letter to his father shortly earlier than he was beheaded in a videotaped homicide. The letter was learn out in courtroom through the trial
A supply instructed the paper that the victims’ households ‘do not understand how he evaded Florence’ and that it was a ‘kick in the tooth.’
The supply, described as a US prison insider, added that the households ‘have been certain he was to see out his days at ADX, however they’ve now been instructed he has been despatched to the lesser penitentiary.’
While saying that El Sheikh is ‘greater than certified’ to be among the many ‘worst of the more serious’ who serve at ADX, ‘he is averted being saved alongside a few of the world’s most harmful males and dying alone.’
Other prisoners who’ve hung out at Florence High embody Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Green River serial killer, Gary Ridgway.
The ADX Florence supermax facility in Colorado, would’ve seen Elsheikh held in isolation for 23 hours a day.
Fellow inmates at the jail embody Oklahoma bomber Terry L.Nichols and creator of the 1993 assault on the World Trade Centre, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef.
One of Elsheikh’s accomplices, Alexanda Kotey, 38, was jailed in the US in April for his half in the killings. The terror cell additionally included ringleader Mohammed Emwazi, referred to as Jihadi John, who was killed in a drone strike in 2015.
Elsheikh, who was born in Sudan and raised in London, was convicted of conspiring to kill 4 American hostages: journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and support employees Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.
All however Mueller have been executed in videotaped beheadings that ISIS launched on-line, sickening and horrifying the world.
Mueller was pressured into slavery and raped a number of occasions by Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi earlier than she was killed.
The deaths of Foley, Sotloff and Kassig have been confirmed in 2014, whereas Mueller’s loss of life was confirmed in early 2015.
The ADX Florence ‘supermax’ facility in Colorado, would’ve seen Elsheikh held in isolation for 23 hours a day and inmates embody Oklahoma bomber Terry L.Nichols and creator of the 1993 assault on the World Trade Centre, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef
Other prisoners who’ve hung out at Florence High embody Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (pictured) and Green River serial killer, Gary Ridgway
Elsheikh’s warped crimes have been branded ‘brutal, callous’ and ‘horrific’ in August as he was handed a life sentence for every of the eight counts he was convicted of in April, that are because of run concurrently.
The cell was mentioned to incorporate ringleader Mohammed Emwazi, referred to as Jihadi John; Alexanda Kotey and Elsheikh. Elsheikh was captured alongside Kotey in Syria in 2018 by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces whereas making an attempt to flee to Turkey.
Last year, Kotey pleaded responsible to eight counts regarding his involvement, whereas Davis was jailed in Turkey earlier than being deported to the UK final week and Emwazi was killed in a drone strike.
Kotey was given the identical sentence of eight concurrent life sentences, additionally by Judge T.S. Ellis, at the identical courtroom in April.
Elsheikh’s sentencing listening to got here on the eight-year anniversary of the day that ISIS uploaded a video to YouTube displaying the ugly beheading of Foley.
Raj Parekh, the lawyer representing the households, mentioned Elsheikh remained ‘defiantly remorseless and unrepentant’ throughout his sentencing.
He mentioned the jihadist had made no effort to satisfy victims’ households.
At sentencing, the courtroom heard statements from a few of the victims’ family members, together with these of US journalist James Foley.
Diane Foley (middle), the mom of James Foley, and Carl and Marsha Mueller, the mother and father of Kayla Mueller, converse to reporters following the sentencing of El Shafee Elsheikh
ISIS ‘Beatles’ members Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh (proper). The group have been referred to by that identify because of their English accents
El Shafee Elsheikh (middle) throughout his arrest at an EDL counter-protest in central London on September 11, 2011
His mom, Diane Foley mentioned: ‘This trial has revealed the horrific human rights crimes you dedicated whereas a part of Isis. Your hatred overtook your humanity.’
The costs in opposition to Elsheikh, whose British citizenship was withdrawn in 2018, carried a possible loss of life sentence, however US prosecutors had agreed not search his execution in a take care of British officers to hold ahead the case.
Elsheikh’s trial, and emotional testimony from the households of his victims, gripped observers on each side of the Atlantic, and his sentencing was greeted with grim approval by US and UK officers.
‘This prosecution unmasked the vicious and sadistic ISIS Beatles,’ mentioned First Assistant US Attorney Raj Parekh, noting that Elsheikh and the opposite Beatles at all times wore masks once they appeared in entrance of their hostages.
‘This is among the most important worldwide terrorism circumstances ever delivered to trial,’ mentioned Commander Richard Smith, head of counterterrorism at London’s Metropolitan Police Service, in a press release to DailyMail.com.
Mohammed Emwazi, who grew to become referred to as ‘Jihadi John’, brandishing a knife. He was killed by a drone strike in 2015
Carl and Marsha Mueller, the mother and father of Kayla Mueller, converse to reporters exterior the Albert V. Bryan Federal Courthouse following the sentencing of El Shafee Elsheikh
El Shafee Elsheikh, 34 is pictured in a courtroom room sketch on April 1. ‘The Beatles’ – so-called as a result of they’d British accents — tortured and executed US and British hostages
Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh have been each prosecuted in the US. Kotey pleaded responsible and was additionally sentenced to life in prison
Photos taken in 2014 by a Syrian reporter confirmed the deserted manufacturing unit turned ISIS prison in Sheikh Najjar, Syria the place Western hostages have been reportedly saved for months
One hostage claimed that the basement was divided into two totally different sections; the primary was transformed into about 14 dingy single cells and the second into 12 single cells and three large rooms
‘These have been a few of the most barbaric terrorist acts ever seen, carried out with chilling callousness and brutality,’ he added.
‘I hope that these most affected might take some consolation in understanding that these extraordinarily harmful males have been delivered to justice.’
He added: ‘This is a time to recollect all the victims – these harmless individuals who have been senselessly killed, and in addition the surviving hostages who skilled unimaginable horrors at the palms of El Shafee Elsheikh and his co-defendant Alexanda Kotey.
‘They have proven outstanding fortitude and bravado in giving their accounts of what occurred to investigators, and in courtroom.’
Elsheikh is essentially the most infamous and highest-ranking member of the Islamic State group to ever be convicted in a U.S. Court, prosecutors mentioned.
The life sentence was a foregone conclusion after a jury convicted him of a slew of heinous crimes earlier this year.
‘ISIS Beatles’, together with Jihadi John, the ringleader who shared beheading movies on-line and killed harmless British support employees
Mohammed Emwazi – Jihadi John
Emwazi was one of the vital outstanding members of the so-called ISIS Beatles and was often seen finishing up executions in their horrific beheading movies.
He took half in the barbaric beheadings of British support employees David Haines and Alan Henning and US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and US humanitarian employee Peter Kassig.
The terrorist, who was born in Kuwait and grew up in Queen’s Park, West London, was charged with 27 counts of homicide and 5 counts of hostage taking in November 2014.
He was killed in a Hellfire missile drone strike in Syria in 2015.
Alexanda Kotey – George
Kotey, 38, was born to a Ghanaian father and a Greek Cypriot mom and grew up in Shepherd’s Bush, London.
Before his radicalization, he’s thought to have labored as a drug vendor earlier than changing to Islam in his early 20s.
In 2012, he left for Syria the place the US claims he was concerned in beheadings and identified for administering ‘exceptionally merciless torture strategies’, together with digital shocks.
He can also be accused of performing as an ISIS recruiter who satisfied quite a few different British extremists to affix the phobia group.
Kotey was captured in Syria whereas making an attempt to flee to Turkey in 2018 and was held in a US navy middle in Iraq.
The British Government needed him tried in the US, the place officers consider there’s a extra life like likelihood of prosecution than in the UK.
He was extradited final year and was charged with quite a few terror offenses.
El Shafee Elsheikh
El Shafee Elsheikh – Ringo
Born in Sudan, Elsheikh, 34, grew up in West London and is the ultimate member of the 4 British terrorists who fled to affix ISIS.
He has been linked to the killings of quite a few hostages after heading to Syria to affix the extremist group.
He was captured together with Kotey once they tried to flee to Turkey in 2018 and has since been transported to the US the place he now faces costs regarding terrorism and beheading Western hostages