HARTFORD — A Puerto Rican nationalist is scheduled for sentencing today in a 1983 armored truck roberry of about $7 million.
Avelino Gonzalez-Claudio faces at least seven years when he goes before a U.S. District Court Judge in Hartford on Wednesday, according to Associated Press reports.
Claudio was a fugitive for more than 22 years before his arrest in 2008 while in Puerto Rico. Authorities say the 67-year-old Gonzalez-Claudio conspired with others to rob a Wells Fargo truck in West Hartford to help fund Los Macheteros, a clandestine organization that seeks Puerto Rican independence.
Gonzalez-Claudio’s attorneys and prosecutors reached a plea deal giving him seven years in prison, but it needs a judge’s approval.