P.R. Nationalist Denied Parole
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN JUAN, Puerto
Rico (AP) -- A Puerto Rican nationalist given a
reduced sentence by former President Clinton has been denied parole,
A federal review
board denied Juan Segarra Palmer's request during a
meeting at Coleman Federal Prison near Ocala, Fla., prison spokesman
Richard Celli said Wednesday.
50, was among 12 former members of militant
pro-independence Puerto Rican groups who accepted a clemency deal
from Clinton in 1999. Eleven were freed from prison, but Segarra Palmer
received a reduced sentence.
connection with a $7.1 million armored car robbery in 1983
to fund the separatist Machetero group, Segarra Palmer was sentenced
to 55 years in jail.
to say why the federal review board had denied parole on
Tuesday, but said the prisoner probably would not receive another
chance before his scheduled release in 2004.
lawyer, Rafael Anglada, said he had sought parole
based on his client's good behavior. He said he plans to appeal.
belonged to the Macheteros, who were blamed for
attacks on civilian and U.S. military targets in Puerto Rico, including a
1979 shooting at a Navy bus that killed two people and wounded nine
The eleven nationalists
who were freed in 1999 belonged to the Armed
Forces for National Liberation, known by the Spanish acronym FALN.
The FALN was involved in some 130 bombings in the United States that
killed six and wounded dozens from 1974 to 1983.
They were not
convicted in the bombings, but rather on sedition and
weapons charges and received sentences ranging from 35 to 90 years.