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Montgomery Man Who Dismembered Teen Dies in Israeli Prison Shootout

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

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

A notorious prisoner who committed a gruesome murder in Montgomery County barricaded himself in the Israeli prison where he has spent more than a decade before being shot to death by officers Sunday, prompting some authorities to wonder if it was a suicidal rampage.

On Sunday, Israeli special forces raided a prison after Samuel Sheinbein stole a weapon and shot three guards, reports WJZ TV.

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.

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 another Tello, 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 newspaper says.

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.

Jean A Morris March 02, 2014 at 10:14 PM
Big Bri - did you pick up on the fact that nobody sides with you? Sucks to be alone when you're wrong, doesn't it...
Poot March 02, 2014 at 11:35 PM
Why do we spend so much time being Israel's lap dog when they won't even extradite a murderer to us?
Patrick Carter March 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Karma is a bitch!

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