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Sentencing delayed for 6 suspects in hijacking of Cuban plane

A federal judge has delayed sentencing six skyjackers while prosecutors ask a key Cuban witness who defected if he wants to change testimony that helped convict them. The legal maneuvering began when defense attorneys for the six Cubans, convicted by a federal jury Dec. 11 in Key West, asked to interview flight attendant Abilio Hernandez Garcia. The government’s witness slipped away from his guards after the trial and remains in the United States. “Defendants assert that Mr. Hernandez Garcia’s testimony may have been influenced by the prospect of a return to Cuba,” U.S. District James Lawrence King noted in an order that became public Monday. He refused to order the government to reveal the flight attendant’s whereabouts. But he did order prosecutors to serve as messengers, asking Hernandez Garcia whether he wished to change his testimony or meet with the defense. Full Story

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