'Cuban 5' fail in appeal of spy case

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of five Cuban men accused of spying on the U.S. government, but threw out three of their sentences by a Miami judge -- including two life prison terms.

The decision by a three-judge panel in Atlanta was considered a major victory for federal prosecutors against the so-called Cuban Five. The decade-old case was steeped in controversy because prosecutors argued the Wasp spy network was linked to the Cuban government's 1996 shoot-down of two Brothers to the Rescue planes over the Florida Straits.

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