Accused of trying to aid insurgents against the Castro regime, six Americans were tried in Havana Jan 29.
Accused of trying to aid insurgents against the Castro regime, six Americans were tried in Havana Jan 29. It was announced Jan 31 that they had each been sentenced to thirty years imprisonment, despite prosecution appeals for the death sentence.
Said to have been captured while trying to smuggle arms to anti-Castro forces in western Cuba, the six men were arrested Jan 7 when they sailed their yacht into Havana Harbour. Pleading their innocence, the Americans claimed they had sailed to Cuba in a stolen boat, after the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba, to help Castro's revolution.
Taken from the death cell of Cabana Prison to hear the sentence, the men looked a little relieved that they were to be imprisoned and not executed by the firing squad. It is probably that they will serve their sentences in the Isle of Pines Prison.
Names of the sentenced men are given as: - George R. Beck (24) of Norton, Massachusetts; Tony L. Baker (28) of Dothan, Alabama; Donald J. Green (28) of Gastonia, North Carolina; Alfred Eugene Gibson (32) of Mount Gilead, North Carolina; Leonard Louis Schmidt (21) of Chicago, Illinois; and James E. Bean (34) of Cedar Falls, North Carolina.