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An Islamic State militant was sentenced to life in prison over the weekend for his role in abducting and killing civilians in Syria between 2012 and 2015. Alexanda Kotey, 38, was part of a British-national cell known as the “the Beatles” known to have taken part in atrocities during the Syrian civil war. 

Kotey, who pleaded guilty in the fall, had been linked to the 2014 killing of aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller and journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The latter two beheadings raised significant public awareness of the brutality of ISIS after their graphic recordings were uploaded to the internet. 

Kotey was captured in 2018 and the possibility of the death penalty was taken off the table in a bid to get the United Kingdom, which has no death penalty, to transfer evidence.