Cuban Five Member Has Sentence Reduced, Could Be Out of Jail in Seven Years

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Antonio Guerrero, a member of a group of men collectively known at the Cuban Five, has had his sentence reduced from life in prison to 21 years and 10 months. Taking into account time served and good behavior, Guerrero could be out of jail in seven years, his lawyer says.

Guerrero was convicted of spying for the Cuban government after trying to break into a U.S. military facility in the Florida Keys and spying on Miami's anti-Castro exile community. He's been in U.S. custody since 1998.

The harsher sentence was overturned today in a U.S. Appeals Court and is the latest episode in a long legal saga. Supporters said the Five's original trial wasn't valid because Miami's exile community would prevent a fair trial.

Three of the original 2001 sentences were overturned last year. Resentencing for the other two has been postponed.

[Reuters: Cuban spy's U.S. jail term reduced to about 22 years]

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