Fifth Somali guilty plea entered in piracy trial

By BROCK VERGAKIS | May 23, 2011 | 1:57 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A fifth Somali man has pleaded guilty to piracy for his role in the hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead.

Jilani Abdiali pleaded guilty in federal court in Norfolk on Monday.

He is among 14 people from Somalia and one from Yemen facing charges related to the February hijacking of the yacht Quest.

The owners of the Quest, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., along with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death after being taken hostage several hundred miles south of Oman.

Abdiali faces life in prison at sentencing, although that may be reduced as part of a plea agreement. Abdiali says he will work tirelessly to help the federal government.