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Puerto Rican Nationalist Faces Sentencing for 1983 Robbery

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.

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