Rafael del Pino Siero, a U.S. citizen, was one of Fidel Castro's first friends at the University of Havana — and one of the first former allies Castro imprisoned after taking power in 1959.
Del Pino Siero, who had broken with the guerrilla leader over suspicions that Castro was a communist, was captured while trying to help a Cuban escape to Miami in July 1959. He died in his prison cell 18 years later at age 51, leaving behind in Miami two youngsters: Rafael del Pino Jr. and his sister Milagros Suárez.
The Del Pino children got a measure of justice Friday when six Miami-Dade County jurors gave them the biggest award to date in a wrongful death claim against the Cuban government: almost $253 million.
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