The Washington Post has a remarkable story of a murderer’s shootout with the authorities. “What’s remarkable about that?” you might ask. “After all, murderers shoot it out with cops all the time.” True, but not like this: Samuel Sheinbein shot it out with guards at the prison where he was locked up in Israel.
Sheinbein and a buddy committed a particulary gruesome murder in the USA, killing, dismembering, and burning the remains of his victim, before absconding to Israel. As a Jew, they would not extradite him to the USA, but they did try him for various Israeli law violations, and he got a middling sentence (24 years) in an Israeli hoosegow.
As you might expect from a judicial system run by liberals, prison in Israel is apparently a pretty loosey-goosey thing, and he regularly came and went, even after they found out he was trying to buy guns on the outside. Whether he succeeded or took a gun from a guard is unknown.
On the plus side, they did finally whack him after he wounded three guards, so the remaining population of Israel (and the US) is safe from this crumb. So there is that.
Samuel Sheinbein, one of the most notorious murder suspects in Montgomery County history, was shot and killed Sunday during a firefight with prison guards inside a prison in Israel, according to Israeli officials. At least three guards were injured, one of them critically.
Sheinbein , 34, was 17 years old back in 1997, when he and a friend killed Alfredo Enrique Tello Jr., whose charred and dismembered body was found wrapped in trash bags inside a garage in the Wheaton area. Sheinbein then fled to Israel, where he eventually pleaded guilty to charges related to the case and was sentenced to 24 years behind bars in a prison in central Israel.
Shortly after 2 p.m. local time Sunday, Sheinbein opened fire on guards inside the Rimonim Prison in central Israel, authorities said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Sheinbein was able to get the gun he used from a guard or had managed have it smuggled inside, said Micky Rosenfeld, an Israeli Police national spokesman.
“He opened fire at three security guards inside the prison itself,” Rosenfeld said.
Rosenfeld described the guards’ conditions as critical, serious and moderate.
Prison officials closed off part of the prison. Sheinbein managed to barricade himself inside a cell. He didn’t take any prisoners.
Counter-terrorism officers moved in. They tried to communicate with Sheinbein, but about 90 minutes after the initial incident, it ended quickly, police said. “He opened fire at the counter-terrorism units, and they shot and killed him,” Rosenfeld said.
Prior to the shoot-out Sunday, Sheinbein had been eligible to take leaves from the prison. About one month ago, while on such a leave, he tried to buy a pistol over the Internet, Rosenfeld said.
Officials there were trying to find out how he got the gun he used on Sunday.
“Today’s events are now under investigation by the police and the prisoner service,” the Israel Prison Service said in a statement. “It was complicated incident and there are still many questions that we need to answer but that will be done throughout the course of the investigation.”
His lawyer had tried to warn the prison governors that Sheinbein was in a suicidal state of mind. She seems to have misread him; we’d call his acts “homicidal.”
An updated story says that the gun Sheinbein used was smuggled in to prison (but it uses exactly that passive-voice construction, not saying who smuggled it in), explains the Israeli law that protected him from the American judicial system (but not the Israeli one), and describes a little more of the mayhem he caused on his way to eternity:
Before being shot and killed, Sheinbein managed to injure seven people: three prison guards, three special forces fighters and one fellow prisoner. One of the guards was still in critical condition Monday.
The heinous murder he committed in the USA 17 years ago was planned with meticulous care:
In Montgomery County in 1997, prior to Tello’s murder, Sheinbein had written a “Recipe for Murder,” listing weapons and clean-up equipment.
“It was as premeditated a murder as you can imagine,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said Sunday of Tello’s murder.
So Sheinbein should probably be rotting in an American prison for whatever is left of his threescore and ten. However, Israelis consider their cons too good for our jails. (Sorry, but we’ll be keeping Pollard for a while). Maybe it’s that we cook the meat and the dairy in the same pans in the prison kitchen.
Still, sometimes Israelis, the most right wing of whom would be a liberal Democrat in the USA, are a little too liberal for their own good. They might want to look into that whole, “Let a prisoner have a furlough and come back with a gun,” thing.