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One of the region's most notorious murder suspects is dead after a gunfight with guards inside an Israeli prison.

In 1997, Samuel Sheinbein left Montgomery County and fled to Israel after murdering 19-year old Alfredo Tello, Jr. then burning and dismembering the body.

Sheinbein, 34, successfully sought asylum under a law which prevented Israeli citizens from being extradited to the U.S. Sheinbein's father was born in Israel, which qualified his son for citizenship under the country's so-called "law of return." Two years later, Sheinbein was arrested by Israeli authorities for the murder and later convicted and sentenced to 24 years in prison.

On Sunday, Israeli special forces raided the prison and shot Sheinbein after he stole a weapon, shot three guards and barricaded himself inside the compound.

Sheinbein could have faced a life sentence in Maryland. Israel refusal to extradite him back to the U.S., causing some congressmen at that time to threaten to cut off aid to Israel.

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