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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.

Will Vazquez February 25, 2014 at 12:47 AM
sounds like he killed the victim. and tried to hide the body later.
Harvey Goodhart February 25, 2014 at 06:59 AM
Hey Big Bri, you are a great judge of character.
American First February 25, 2014 at 07:10 AM
JUSTICE finally served.
American First February 25, 2014 at 07:15 AM
big bri- I wouldn't want to take the time to get to know that psychopath. If you think a guy who murdered, mutilated & burned a teenager is a decent guy, you need professional help, seriously.
Steve February 25, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Yeah, a "decent guy". No loss here. Move along.
Renee February 25, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Too bad the scumbag didn't off himself years ago - would have saved a lot of money! Good news is he's not gonna hurt anyone else!
Phil Collins February 25, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Sadly the rest of the family who helped him Flee American Justice never went to jail, what a bunch of Pigs !
Tom Rossing February 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Dad fled with son, where is ne now?
MS February 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Three Israeli police responding to the incident were shot by Sheinbein in the shootout. I understand one is in critical condition. I hope he recovers. Otherwise, Sheinbein will be responsible for having killed two people.
fairfield newcomer February 25, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Big Bri, you've got to be kidding, someone who'd kill and dismember someone isn't a decent guy, he's a murderer who didn't have the balls to stay in the US to face justice but fled to save his ass.
Sheriffchris February 25, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Bog Bri Yes sir a very decent guy who killed and dismembered a young boy for his own jollies. He got less than he deserved .. I hope the God of Israel will judge him next
Mark Burdman February 26, 2014 at 12:34 AM
As an American Jew I think Israel should have put this crazy son of a bitch on the first plane back to Montgomery County.
Gail Neuman February 26, 2014 at 02:17 AM
How does a 17 year old buy a plane ticket and flee to Israel? What happened to his partner in crime?
Katrina Allen February 26, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Big Bri, what are the attributes of a "decent" guy and what would prompt such a guy to kill and dismember another person?
Justin case February 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Big Bri, if you think this is a "decent guy" then I will be looking to hear on the news about your dismembered body being found somewhere in trash bags because you find psycopaths as friend material (aka-decent guy). Ohh, I just heard Charles Manson is looking for another pen pal
T. February 26, 2014 at 04:12 PM
big bri.....People who are capable of killing other human beings, then cutting the victims body with a chain saw, putting into a plastic bag and dumping it.....those arent decent people...they are very disturbed individuals!! Its just as disturbing that you cant distinguish between the two.
nic February 26, 2014 at 08:04 PM
I once lived in that area, and when I heard his Dad helped him flee the country I wondered why they did not hold Dad as an accomplice. This guy cut some kid up to get rid of the body, "i think" over a weed dept. I say pick him and shoot him again murder is a capitol crime in this country.The family should not be able to claim his body, they should get nothing murder is murder, and if you didnt do it then why did you flee the country?
Farook Asad February 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM
I think big bri is just screwing with your minds. There is no way he could possibly believe his position here. Lets just move on
KingBrian February 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Big Bri is a big troll, don't feed into it, he's a cellar dweller...
Jack P February 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM
big bri is too stupid to own a computer.....his mommy should take it away from him and sit him in a corner and make him "try" to think....
Michael Ruggiero February 27, 2014 at 01:43 PM
He was a descent guy? Are you nuts. This is what all descent guys do, right! Fortunately, he couldn't escape God's justice even though he tried to escape man's justice. Now he will burn in the hellfire for eternity.
BooCooDinkyDowinBrooklyn February 27, 2014 at 05:37 PM
There is a G-d.
keymach1 February 28, 2014 at 05:32 AM
Well, isn't that just a shame.
TAMMY MICHAEL February 28, 2014 at 08:56 AM
BIG BRI...SOUNDS LIKE YOUR A SERIAL KILLER....
John Smith March 02, 2014 at 02:29 AM
Who says there's no such thing as karma?
TAMMY MICHAEL March 02, 2014 at 10:39 AM
TO BIG BRI....I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO SORROW FOR ANYONE WHO DISMEMBERS, BEATS ANIMALS, TOURTUES THEM AS WEL AS HUMANS, AN EYE FOR AN EYE AND YOU CANT SIT THERE AND TELL ME GOD FORGIVES, HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT? I HOPE HE BURNS IN HELL AND GETS WHAT HE DESERVES! DID YOU EVER THINK OF THE POOR FAMILY THAT HAS TO DEAL WITH THERE POOR 17 YR OLD THAT GOT DISMEMBERED? WHAT IF IT WERE YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER BRI? YOU WOULD FEEL MERCY FOR THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE, LET GOD DECIDE TO DO WITH HIM NOW. I AM VERY SPIRITUAL AND WHEN THINGS HAPPEN LIKE THIS, THEY DONT GO TO HEAVEN ,MILD SINNERS HAVE TO WORK TO GET THERE...HE IS A MONSTER AND I BELEIVE IN AN EYE FOR AN EYE!!!!!!!!
TAMMY MICHAEL March 02, 2014 at 10:41 AM
JOHN KARMA WORKS...WHAT YOU GIVE AND HELP OR DO ANYTHING NICE IN YOUR LIFE, YOU WILL BE REWARDED WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT....ITS DEFINATELY TRUE!
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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