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Men sentenced for Senitt murder

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-08-30

Alan Senitt

Alan Senitt

Two Americans accused of murdering Jewish political activist Alan Senitt in Washington DC have been jailed for a total of 89 years after pleading guilty to his murder and to three other robberies.

Christopher Piper, 26, who pleaded guilty to second degree murder, third degree sexual assault and four counts of unarmed robbery was sentenced to 37 years.

Jeffrey Rice, 23, pleaded guilty to second degree murder, four counts of robbery and two counts of firearms used to commit dangerous or violent offenses and was given 52 years by the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Judge Neal Kravitz said it was a "savage and senseless killing".

Senitt, 27, a former chairman of the Union of Jewish Students was working in the US capital for Mark Warner, the former Governor of Virginia, when he was killed last July in the Georgetown area while walking home with a female friend.

"The defendants went out that evening determined to rob someone and take what was not theirs to take. In so doing, they took the life of our son," said Senitt's mother Karen.

According to reports, Piper was released from prison early last year after serving time for armed robbery and marijuana possession.