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Trending: Maryland Man Who Dismembered Teen Shot to Death in Prison Shootout

Samuel Sheinbein fled to Israel from Maryland in 1997 to avoid a life sentence in the murder of teenager Alfredo Tello Jr.

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By Deb Belt

A notorious prisoner who committed a gruesome murder in Maryland was shot to death in an Israeli prison Sunday.

Samuel Sheinbein fled to Israel after murdering and dismembering Alfredo Tello Jr. in Maryland in 1997. He could have faced a life sentence in Maryland, but Israel refused to extradite him back to the United States. He was instead sentenced to 24 years in prison in Israel.

On Sunday, Sheinbein stole a weapon and shot three guards at the Israeli prison he has spent more than a decade of his life in, reports WJZ TV. He then barricaded himself in the prison forcing Israeli special forces to raid the prison and shoot him to death.

Sheinbein was nearing the end of his Israeli prison term and would have been eligible for parole, Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler said. He said the incident Sunday seems like a suicide rampage just before Sheinbein’s release.

Sheinbein, 33, was a 17-year-old high school student when he and a friend killed Tello. They used a power saw to cut off the victim’s arms and legs and wrapped the torso in trash bags, The Washington Post reports. As police closed in, Sheinbein fled to Israel where he eventually pleaded guilty in Tello’s death.

“Today’s events are a shocking end to one the most brutal cases ever committed in Montgomery County,” said John McCarthy, state’s attorney for Montgomery.

The case created a rift between the U.S. and Israeli governments, as that country’s courts sided with Sheinbein. The case prompted a change in how Israel treats such matters, the Washington Post reported..

It was not immediately clear what Sheinbein’s motives were Sunday or how he managed to get a gun inside the Rimonim Prison in central Israel. Sheinbein isolated himself inside a cell and didn’t take any prisoners. When he began shooting at counterterrorism units, they shot and killed Sheinbein.

Police were called to investigate Tello’s murder on Sept. 19, 1997, according to the Post. Two real estate agents were ready to show a house in Wheaton when they smelled foul odors, entered the garage and “noticed a black plastic bag with what they felt was blood seeping from it onto the garage floor,” a police affidavit said. Inside the bag they found Tello’s charred and dismembered body.

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steve forte February 24, 2014 at 01:08 PM
What comers around goes around. So long mofo.
Ted Smith February 24, 2014 at 01:18 PM
WHY DIDN'T ISRAEL JUST SEND THE KILLER BACK TO THE US?
Clow February 24, 2014 at 01:18 PM
.....how is this a local story?
steve forte February 24, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Ted does Maryland have the death penalty? Many contries will not extradite to a place with the death penalty.
kokujin37 February 24, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Condolences to the families of the guards. he got exactly what he should have gotten in 1997, too bad it took so long.
Brett February 24, 2014 at 01:31 PM
He probably wasn't extradited due to our death penalty policies and he thanked them by shooting 3 of them. This wouldn't happen if the crap of society was executed the same day they were convicted. Spare me the arguments against the death penalty though - they all make sense right up to the moment it happens to one of your innocent loved ones.
WINEGUY51 February 24, 2014 at 01:46 PM
"local news?"........"somewhere within our galaxy"............"ok..got it!"
Judith February 24, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Because, Ted Smith, he was also an Israeli citizen, i.e., dual citizenship.
Terri February 24, 2014 at 01:51 PM
The source of this article is NOT the Orland Park Patch. Misleading is putting it mildly.
Donald I. February 24, 2014 at 01:53 PM
finally a news story with a happy ending!
kim February 24, 2014 at 03:36 PM
That is why there should be no dual citizenship.
steve forte February 24, 2014 at 04:42 PM
The US dosnt recognize dual citizenship.
Steve February 24, 2014 at 04:52 PM
What a shame. Let's send more of our killers over there since they know how to take care of them. Think of the money saved.
Daniella Ruiz February 24, 2014 at 05:05 PM
these kinds of 'lost souls' would make excellent target practice inside a 20 x 40 foot cage. our own special forces could hone their talents on live, moving targets. grades for the least shots fired would gain them higher positions in their craft. the criminals screams and pleas they emit could be broadcast (PG13?) for public edification and assurance that the culprit was indeed 'paying the final price' for their crimes against others.
Lisbeth Allen February 24, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Shalom!
Richard J. Thomas February 24, 2014 at 06:31 PM
We should sever all ties with that god forsaken hell hole.
JM February 24, 2014 at 07:41 PM
"steve forte February 24, 2014 at 04:42 PM The US dosnt recognize dual citizenship. " But it recognizes NO citizenship. Go figure.
Ivan Ivanovich February 25, 2014 at 07:59 AM
The country that promulgates gay marriage is the g- d forsaken hell hole
Jack Galvin February 25, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Maryland has no Death Penalty....He wasn't extradited because he was a Israel CITIZEN....That was Israels call not Marylands..
Lisbeth Allen February 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Poor Ivan is jealous of all the happy gay people.
Kolo Jezdec March 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM
"happy gay people."****50 years ago that statement would be considered redundant...

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