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2nd sentence try for man who hijacked jet to Cuba

Published:   |   Updated: July 17, 2014 at 07:02 AM

MIAMI (AP) A Miami federal judge will try a second time to sentence an American who returned from Cuba decades after hijacking a jetliner to the communist island.

William Potts Jr. was supposed be sentenced last week for the 1984 hijacking of the jet on its way from New York to Miami, but a last-minute snag emerged over classified documents. Another hearing is set Thursday.

Potts wants credit for the 15 years he has already served in a Cuban prison. The 57-year-old Potts said he returned last year to the U.S. to finally resolve his case.

The FBI says the New Jersey native identified himself at the time as a black militant and claimed in a note to a flight attendant that he planned to blow up the flight.

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