A member of the ISIS terrorist group known as “The Beatles” was sentenced to life in prison Friday for his role in the kidnapping of more than 20 westerners and the horrific killings of four Americans. 

The Islamic fanatic, El Shafee Elsheikh, was convicted in Virginia federal court in April on charges including lethal hostage-taking and conspiracy to commit murder. 

The jury concluded Elsheikh – who was born in Sudan and raised in London – conspired to kill four Americans in his role as one of ISIS Beatles. 

El Shafee Elsheikh who is in custody at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Alexandria, Va.
El Shafee Elsheikh was part of an ISIS group that killed four Americans.
Alexandria Sheriff’s Office via AP, File

The victims were journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and aide workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller. 

Foley, Sotloff and Kassig were each killed in videotaped beheadings that were publicized by the terrorist network that sought to create a caliphate in Iraq and Syria during the Obama administration. 

Mueller was held captive by ISIS and repeatedly raped by the terror network’s founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to US officials. She was later killed in Syria. 

“Hatred truly overtook your humanity,” Foley’s family said in a statement on Friday, according to the BBC. “But you too have lost — your freedom, your citizenship and family contact. We have all lost.” 

Judge T.S. Ellis blasted the terrorist before handing down the life sentence Friday in the Alexandria courtroom, the BBC reported. 

The judge called his actions “horrific, barbaric, brutal and criminal,” according to the report. 

El Shafee Elsheikh takes off his mask and glasses during his conviction trial in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia on April 1, 2022.
El Shafee Elsheikh takes off his mask and glasses during his conviction trial in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia on April 1, 2022.
Bill Hennessy via Reuters

The so-called Beatles, nicknamed after the band because of their British accents, grew up in west London and volunteered to join the failed caliphate together after ISIS seized territory in northern Iraq in 2014. 

The group was assigned to guard western prisoners and ultimately killed more than two dozen hostages. 

With Post wires



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