Israel Kills American in Prison Standoff
Killer Samuel Sheinbein sparked extradition fight between US, Israel
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 23, 2014 12:05 PM CST
Israeli border police officers stand at the entrance to Sharon prison, near Raanana, Israel, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Police say a SWAT team killed an inmate who seized a weapon and shot three guards.   (Ariel Schalit)

(Newser) – Israeli special forces raided Sharon Prison in central Israel today, killing one of the country's most notorious inmates after he seized a guard's weapon, shot three guards, and barricaded himself inside the compound. A standoff ensued, with counter-terrorism units dispatched to the scene. The inmate then opened fire again before forces killed him, a police spokesman said. Police identified the inmate as Samuel Sheinbein, an American who fled to Israel after committing a gruesome murder in Maryland in 1997 and whose case sparked a high-profile row between the US and Israel.

Sheinbein, 34, was tried in Israel in 1999, two years after he fled to the country and successfully sought refuge from extradition, enraging Maryland authorities and briefly threatening US aid to the Jewish state. An Israeli court sentenced Sheinbein to 24 years for the slaying and dismemberment of 19-year-old Alfred Enrique Tello Jr. Sheinbein was 17 at the time of the killing and could have faced a life sentence in Maryland. His extradition to Maryland was blocked after a yearlong battle between Israel and the United States over an Israeli law that prohibited it.

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njgreen
Feb 24, 2014 7:29 AM CST
He is one of many Americans who have moved there and endangered the lives of Israeli law enforcement personnel. They're called "settlers."
tpvero
Feb 24, 2014 7:06 AM CST
Odd that an inmate should suddenly get a gun. When a gun magically appears in the USA someone planted it there. The Israelis continually ask Jews all over the world to be fanatically loyal to Israel, but the fact is, that when you are NOT born there, it is not an equal society. People who are not born there, are constantly thought of as less. There are levels of exclusivity. They just want your money and donations, that does not imply you will get anything more than arrogance for them.
watashiwa
Feb 24, 2014 5:14 AM CST
He's not really an American, his loyalties like most Jews in the US, are primarily towards Israel. Don't fool yourself, Israel's needs will always trump America's.