[Ppnews] Avelino bond hearing: Hartford Courant
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Mon Apr 14 18:55:44 EDT 2008
Prosecutors argue case to hold alleged militant without bail
April 14, 2008
HARTFORD, Conn. - A federal detainment hearing for an alleged Puerto
Rican militant charged in a 1983 armored car depot robbery has been
continued to Tuesday.
Avelino Gonzalez-Claudio was one of more than a dozen alleged members
of the Puerto Rican nationalist group Los Macheteros who authorities
say planned and carried out the $7 million heist at the Wells Fargo
depot in West Hartford.
He pleaded not guilty in February to 15 federal charges including
robbery and conspiracy.
Prosecutors argued Monday that the 65-year-old Gonzalez be held
without bail because of a violent past. They say a search of his home
has turned up instructions for making bombs and other weapons
literature. They also allege his fingerprints were on a rocket casing
outside a 1985 bombing of a courthouse in Puerto Rico.
But Gonzalez' attorney says the government has not proven his client
committed violent acts.
Federal Magistrate Judge Thomas Smith heard about 90 minutes of
arguments before adjourning for the day.
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