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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 1999

(202) 514-2007

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NEWS ADVISORY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Clinton today has agreed conditionally to commute or remit the sentences of 16 individuals for crimes committed in the 1970s and early 1980s. Attached is a list of those persons and the offenses of which they were convicted.

The following 11 individuals will be eligible for immediate release from prison upon conditions of mandatory release, provided that each submits a signed written statement requesting that his or her sentence be commuted, agreeing to abide by all conditions of release imposed by law or by the Parole Commission, and renouncing the use or threatened use of violence for any purpose.

Name: Elizam Escobar

The President commuted the sentence of Mr. Escobar from a total effective sentence of sixty (60) years' imprisonment, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of twenty-four (24) years, ten (10) months, and ten (10) days.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, 18 U.S.C.  1951; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); carrying firearms during the commission of seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(b); interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(c); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C.  2312

Date and District: February 18, 1981; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 60 years' imprisonment

Name: Ricardo Jiménez

The President commuted the sentence of Mr. Jiménez from a total effective sentence of ninety (90) years' imprisonment, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of twenty-five (25) years, one (1) month, and seventeen (17) days.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, 18 U.S.C.  1951; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); carrying firearms during the commission of seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(b); interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(c); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C.  2312

Date and District: February 18, 1981; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 90 years' imprisonment

NAME: Adolfo Matos

The President commuted the sentence of Mr. Matos from a total effective sentence of seventy (70) years' imprisonment, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of twenty-four (24) years, eleven (11) months, and ten (10) days.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, 18 U.S.C.  1951; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); carrying firearms during the commission of seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(b); interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(c); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C.  2312

Date and District: February 18, 1981; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 70 years' imprisonment

NAME: Dylcia Noemi Pagán

The President commuted the sentence of Ms. Pagán from a total effective sentence of fifty-five (55) years' imprisonment, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of twenty-six (26) years, five (5) months, and twenty (20) days.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, 18 U.S.C.  1951; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); carrying firearms during the commission of seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(b); interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(c); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C.  2312

Date and District: February 18, 1981; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 55 years' imprisonment

NAME: Alicia Rodríguez

The President commuted the sentence of Ms. Rodríguez from a total effective sentence of fifty-five (55) years' imprisonment, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of four (4) years and three (3) months.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, 18 U.S.C.  1951; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); carrying firearms during the commission of seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(b); interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(c); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C.  2312

Date and District: February 18, 1981; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 55 years' imprisonment

NAME: Ida Luz Rodríguez

The President commuted the sentence of Ms. Rodríguez from a total effective sentence of seventy-five (75) years' imprisonment, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of twenty-three (23) years, two (2) months, and twenty-seven (27) days.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, 18 U.S.C.  1951; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); carrying firearms during the commission of seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(b); interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(c); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C.  2312

Date and District: February 18, 1981; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 75 years' imprisonment

NAME: Luis Rosa

On the above date, the President commuted the sentence of Mr. Rosa from a total effective sentence of seventy-five (75) years' imprisonment, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of four (4) years, seven (7) months, and fifteen (15) days.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, 18 U.S.C.  1951; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); carrying firearms during the commission of seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(b); interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(c); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C.  2312

Date and District: February 18, 1981; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 75 years' imprisonment

NAME: Carmen Valentín

The President commuted the sentence of Ms. Valentín from a total effective sentence of ninety (90) years' imprisonment, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of twenty-four (24) years, eleven (11) months, and twenty-two (22) days.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, 18 U.S.C.  1951; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); carrying firearms during the commission of seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(b); interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(c); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C.  2312

Date and District: February 18, 1981; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 90 years' imprisonment

NAME: Alberto Rodríguez

The President commuted the sentence of Mr. Rodríguez from a total effective sentence of thirty-five (35) years' imprisonment, followed by five years' probation, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of twenty-six (26) years, seven (7) months, and twenty-six (26) days.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; conspiracy to make destructive devices, 18 U.S.C.  371 and 26 U.S.C.  5861(f); possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); possession of a firearm without a serial number, 26 U.S.C.  5861(i); conspiracy to obstruct interstate commerce by robbery, 18 U.S.C. 1951

Date and District: October 4, 1985; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 35 years' imprisonment

NAME: Alejandrina Torres

The President commuted the sentence of Ms. Torres from a total effective sentence of thirty-five (35) years' imprisonment, followed by five years' probation, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of twenty-six (26) years and twenty-three (23) days.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); conspiracy to make destructive devices, 18 U.S.C.  371 and 26 U.S.C.  5861(f); unlawful storage of explosives, 18 U.S.C. 842(j); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C. 2312

Date and District: October 4, 1985; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 35 years' imprisonment

NAME: Edwin Cortés

The President commuted the sentence of Mr. Cortés from a total effective sentence of thirty-five (35) years' imprisonment, followed by five years' probation, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of twenty-six (26) years, ten (10) months, and twenty-five (25) days.

Offense: Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); conspiracy to make destructive devices, 18 U.S.C.  371 and 26 U.S.C.  5861(f); unlawful storage of explosives, 18 U.S.C.  842(j); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C.  2312; possession of a firearm without a serial number, 26 U.S.C.  5861(i); conspiracy to obstruct interstate commerce by robbery, 18 U.S.C. 1951

Date and District: October 4, 1985; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 35 years' imprisonment

The following two individuals will have to serve additional time before they are eligible for release. These grants of clemency are conditioned on each individual submitting a written statement requesting that his sentence be commuted, agreeing to abide by all conditions of release imposed by law or by the Parole Commission, and renouncing the use or threatened use of violence for any purpose, and on his good conduct for the remainder of the commuted prison term.

NAME: Oscar López-Rivera

The President commuted the sentence of Mr. López-Rivera, arising from two prosecutions, from a total effective sentence of seventy (70) years' imprisonment to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of forty-four (44) years, five (5) months, and four (4) days. The sentence in only one case was commuted.

Offense for which Seditious conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 2384; interference with

sentence was commuted: interstate commerce by threats or violence, 18 U.S.C. 1951; possession of an unregistered firearm, 26 U.S.C.  5861(d); carrying firearms during the commission of seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(b); interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit seditious conspiracy and interference with interstate commerce by violence, 18 U.S.C.  924(c); interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, 18 U.S.C.  2312

Date and District: August 11, 1981; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 55 years' imprisonment

Offense for which Conspiracy to escape, to transport explosives with intent to

sentence was not commuted: kill and injure people, and to destroy government buildings and property, 18 U.S.C.  371 and  1952(a)(3); aiding and abetting travel in interstate commerce to carry on arson, 18 U.S.C.  2 and 1952(a)(3); using a telephone to carry on arson, 18 U.S.C.  1952(a)(3)

Date and District: February 26, 1988; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 15 years' imprisonment, consecutive to his earlier sentence

NAME: Juan Enrique Segarra-Palmer

The President commuted the sentence of Mr. Segarra-Palmer from a total effective sentence of fifty-five (55) years' imprisonment and a $500,000 fine, to a total effective sentence of imprisonment of twenty-nine (29) years, eleven (11) months, and seven (7) days. The President also remitted the unpaid balance of the fine. The President also remitted the unpaid balance of the fine.

Offense: Robbery of bank funds, 18 U.S.C.  2113(a); transportation of stolen money in interstate and foreign commerce, 18 U.S.C.  2314; conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery, 18 U.S.C. 1951; interference with interstate commerce by robbery, 18 U.S.C.  1951; conspiracy to rob federally insured bank funds, commit a theft from an interstate shipment, and transport stolen money in interstate and foreign commerce, 18 U.S.C.  371

Date and District: June 15, 1989; District of Connecticut

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 55 years' imprisonment (as modified on appeal) and a $500,000 fine

The President remitted the unpaid balance of the fines imposed upon the following three individuals, provided that each submits a signed written statement requesting that his fine be remitted and renouncing the use or threatened use of violence for any purpose.

NAME: Antonio Camacho-Negrón

Offense: Foreign transportation of stolen money, 18 U.S.C.  2314; conspiracy to rob federally insured bank funds, commit a theft from an interstate shipment, and transport stolen money in interstate and foreign commerce, 18 U.S.C.  371

Date and District: June 8, 1989; District of Connecticut

Sentence: Total effective sentence of 15 years' imprisonment and a $100,000 fine

NAME: Roberto Maldonado-Rivera

Offense: Conspiracy to rob federally insured bank funds, commit a theft from an interstate shipment, and transport stolen money in interstate and foreign commerce, 18 U.S.C.  371

Date and District: June 8, 1989; District of Connecticut

Sentence: Total effective sentence of five years' imprisonment and a $100,000 fine

NAME: Norman Ramírez-Talavera

Offense: Conspiracy to rob federally insured bank funds, commit a theft from an interstate shipment, and transport stolen money in interstate and foreign commerce, 18 U.S.C.  371

Date and District: June 8, 1989; District of Connecticut

Sentence: Total effective sentence of five years' imprisonment and a $50,000 fine

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