St. Petersburg Times, December 14, 1968, "Bosch, Eight Others Get Jail Sentences" by United Press International
MIAMI - Dr. Orlando Bosch. alleged Cuba Power leader, and eight other exiles were sentenced yesterday to a total of 48 years in jail for conspiring to blow up foreign ships trading with the Fidel Castro regime.
Federal Judge William O. Mehrtens gave the defendants, including one woman, a tongue-lashing for what he called "perfectly stupid" activities after he handed out the tough sentences which actually amount to 39 1/2 years in jail because some are concurrent.
Bosch, a 43-year-old baby doctor, drew the heaviest sentence - a total of 18 years on a five-count indictment. He will not serve more than 10 years, however, because the other eight years are to be served concurrently.
Relatives wept in the corridor after the sentencing. Mrs. Bosch denounced the penalty and said her husband was fighting for "the same thing American soldiers are fighting for in Vietnam."
"I am proud of my husband," she said.
Copyright (c) 1968 United Press International