Cuban Man Gets 10 Years for Hijacking
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Cuban man was given a
10-year prison term Wednesday after pleading guilty
to the 1980 hijacking of a Delta Air Lines flight to
Miguel Aguiar Rodriguez had faced a maximum
sentence of life in prison after pleading guilty to federal
air piracy and kidnapping. He was arrested in August
when he appeared under an alias for an appointment
with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in
Aguiar and his brother, Roberto, boarded a Delta flight
in New Orleans, bound for Atlanta, and threatened to
set fire to bottles containing a flammable liquid, U.S.
Attorney Jim Letten said. The pilot flew to Havana, the
hijackers were removed from the plane and the flight,
with 81 passengers, continued to Atlanta.
Cuba sentenced Aguiar to four years in prison for the
Aguiar re-entered the United States with fake ID in
2000, Letten has said. The FBI has said he lived with
his daughter in Miami.
Letten said a death certificate shows that Aguiar's
brother died last October.