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Sentence of Cuban Five spy Labanino may be reduced

Federal prosecutors and the defense attorney for convicted Cuban spy Ramon Labanino will recommend to a federal judge Tuesday that he receive 30 years in prison at his re-sentencing in the so-called Cuban Five espionage case, according to federal court records.

Labañino was originally sentenced to life by U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard after his espionage conspiracy conviction in 2001. But an appellate court overturned her sentence because Labañino didn't actually gather and send any classified materials to his handlers in Havana.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also ordered Lenard to redo her sentence for Fernando González, who got 19 years for acting as an unregistered agent of the Cuban government.

Prosecutors will recommend between 17 and 18 years for his resentencing on Tuesday, records show.

Both men were indicted along with eight others as members of Cuba's ``Wasp'' spy network, charged with conspiring to spy on the Cuban exile community, the U.S. Southern Command and the Boca Chica Naval Air Station.

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