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June 16, 1989

A Harvard-educated Puerto Rican nationalist was sentenced to 65 years in prison and fined $500,000 for masterminding a $7.1-million robbery at a Wells Fargo depot in Connecticut. Juan Segarra Palmer turned to the packed Hartford, Conn., courtroom, threw his fist into the air and shouted, "Puerto Rico Libre!" after U.S. District Judge T. Emmet Clarie passed sentence. The 39-year-old Segarra was convicted with three other Puerto Rican nationalists in April in the 1983 theft of a half-ton of money from the armored car company's depot in West Hartford. Only $80,000 has been recovered from what is believed to be the second-largest cash heist in U.S. history.

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