The Milwaukee Journal
September 6, 1978. p. 1.
'71 Hijacker Gets Term of 15 Years
Federal Judge John W. Reynolds has sentenced confessed
airplane hijacker Garland Grant to 15 years in prison.
Held in Cuba
In setting the 15 year term, Reynolds said he
was concerned that Grant could become violent or dangerous in the future.
He also said he believed the crime was sever enough to warrant the sentence.
Reynolds imposed the sentence Tuesday after the
psychologists Tuesday indicated that they could not predict whether Grant
would be dangerous in the future. Reynolds had requested the psychological
evaluation before imposing sentence.
The tests were conducted in the federal prison at
Oxford, Wis. Grant was returned here for sentencing.
In two earlier courtroom appearances, Grant made
lengthy, often disjointed and incoherent speeches.
Grant, 27, voluntarily returned to the United States
from Cuba earlier this year. He had been held in prisons there for
several years after the hijacking. After his release, he claimed
that he had been beaten and tortured in prison.
Grant did not deny hijacking the plane, which
had been scheduled to fly from Milwaukee to Detroit on Jan. 22, 1971.
He first ordered the plane flown to Africa and then decided on Cuba when
he became convinced that Africa was too far for the plane to travel.
In one earlier court appearance Grant said he felt
he had been forced to hijack the plane because of actions by "racist Milwaukee