Samuel Sheinbein (
1980- ) is an American murderer.
In September of 1997, Sheinbein and his former classmate at the
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Aaron Benjamin Needle, killed Alfredo Enrique Tello Jr. and then dismembered and attempted to cremate his body in Aspen Hill, Maryland. When police began to suspect Sheinbein, he fled to New York, and then to Israelwith the help of his father, Sol Sheinbein, an attorney who held dual citizenship in the United Statesand Israel. Once in Israel, Samuel Sheinbein was arrested. Both the American and Israeli governments attempted to have him extradited, but the Israeli Supreme Courtforbade it in a 3-2 ruling in 1999 and he was tried later that year in Israel. After accepting a plea bargainwith prosecutors, Sheinbein was sentenced to 24 years in jail with eligibility for parole in 2013 when he is 33.
The incident sparked major diplomatic, legal, and political issues.
United States Representative Bob Livingstonthreatened to cut American foreign aid to Israel by $50 million if Israel did not extradite Sheinbein. Representative Sonny Callahanthreatened to cut the entire $1.2 billion in aid. Indeed, a hold was placed on the interim payment of just over $75 million in October 1997.
Needle later hanged himself in his jail cell. Sol Sheinbein (1944- ) is wanted in the U.S. on a misdemeanor charge of hindering or obstructing a police investigation. Samuel Sheinbein has an outstanding Interpol warrant for his arrest, which would lead to his return to and trial in the United States if he ever left Israel.
Sheinbein was a senior at Kennedy High School and Needle was enrolled at
The case and the Israeli Supreme Court's refusal to extradite Sheinbein have fed into a number of
anti-Semiticand anti-zionistconspiracy theories.
The case led to changes to the law in Israel and in Israel's relationship with the United States and others.
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