[Ppnews] Avelino Gonzalez-Claudio Gets 7 Years For 1983 Wells Fargo Robbery
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Wed May 26 15:57:59 EDT 2010
Machetero Gets 7 Years For 1983 Wells Fargo Robbery
By ALAINE GRIFFIN, <mailto:agriffin at courant.com>agriffin at courant.com
The Hartford Courant
3:40 PM EDT, May 26, 2010
A conspirator in the 1983 heist of $7.1 million
from a Wells Fargo depot in West Hartford was
sentenced in federal court Wednesday afternoon to
seven years in prison and ordered to pay back the money.
Avelino Gonzalez-Claudio pleaded guilty in
February to conspiring to rob the Wells Fargo
terminal on Sept. 12, 1983, and to transporting the money to Mexico.
In sentencing Gonzalez-Claudio, Judge Alfred V.
Covello told him, "Wells Fargo is without $7
million, and you just can't walk away from that."
Gonzalez-Claudio was a key figure in Los
Macheteros, a clandestine group that advocates
the use of violence to win Puerto Rico's
independence from the United States. The group
intended to use the money to finance a war
against federal interests on the island and to
support leftist insurgencies elsewhere in Latin
America, according documents seized by authorities and other evidence.
Gonzalez-Claudio disappeared after being indicted
as a conspirator in the Wells Fargo heist and was
a fugitive for 22 years until his capture in
Puerto Rico by the FBI in February 2008. He was
apprehended while driving through a north coast town.
According to the sentencing memorandum, while
federal prosecutors do not believe
Gonzalez-Claudio is physically able to take part
in future violent crimes, they are concerned that
after his release from prison he would continue
his association and involvement with Los Macheteros.
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