Alexanda Kotey pleaded guilty in September to taking part in a hostage scheme that led to the deaths of Americans, Japanese and British citizens in Syria. As part of his plea, Kotey will be transferred to the UK where members of his family live to serve the rest of his term after serving 15 years in the US.
“You get a life sentence,” Ellis said, for what he called “about the most serious crimes that can be committed.”
After handing down his sentence, Ellis said he hoped it would serve as a deterrence to future terror groups. “We don’t give up,” Ellis said of the US government. “We will look for you. We will find you.”
Both men sat in the courtroom to hear the family’s remarks.