He's probably relieved, he can live better in a US prison than he could playing a pirate. Somali pirate gets over 33 years in prison - Yahoo! News NEW YORK â€“ A Somali pirate who attacked a U.S.-flagged ship off the coast of Africa in 2009 was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison Wednesday by an emotional judge who said a long sentence was necessary to deter others and punish the only survivor among a group of pirates who "appeared to relish their most depraved acts." U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska sometimes became choked up as she described the harm Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse brought to the crew aboard a merchant ship in the Indian Ocean. She ordered Muse to serve 33 years and nine months in prison, rejecting a plea for leniency by his defense lawyers.