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Pomona : Ferro Sentenced to 2 Years

August 13, 1992

Robert Ferro, an Upland man convicted of possessing plastic explosives, was sentenced to two years in state prison Tuesday. But in an unusual move, the judge set bail at $175,000 while Ferro appeals the conviction.

A reputed member of Alpha 66, a group dedicated to the overthrow of Cuban President Fidel Castro, the 47-year-old Ferro was accused of running a paramilitary camp on a Pomona chicken ranch, where authorities found five pounds of C-4, a putty-like explosive.

Ferro, who was convicted May 13, could have been sent to prison for seven years.

Pomona Superior Court Judge Robert Martinez cited Ferro's lack of a criminal record and his family and community ties in imposing a lesser term. Martinez also said that if state law permitted, he would have given Ferro probation. The judge said he did not accept the government's contention that the C-4 was intended to overthrow a foreign government.

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