An American Jew serving a 24-year sentence in Israel for murder in Maryland was shot and killed by prison guards Sunday.
The Israeli Police Service confirmed the death of Samuel Sheinbein, 34, at Rimonim Prison after he wounded three guards.
Sheinbein was convicted in 1999 of the especially grisly murder two years earlier of Enrique Tello Jr., 19, in Aspen Hill, Md., a Washington, D.C. suburb. In a plot that began with jealousy over a girl, Sheinbein and a friend killed Tello by choking, stabbing and beating him — a rehearsal before targeting the rival — police said.
After the dismembered and burned remains were found in a vacant house in 1997, Sheinbein, then 17, fled to Israel with the help of his father, Sol Sheinbein, a lawyer who held dual citizenship in Israel and the United States. Under his father's status, the son qualified for Israeli citizenship.