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Updated: 07/10/2014 01:56:37PM

Sentencing for hijacker who flew to Cuba hits snag

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MIAMI (AP) — An American awaiting sentencing in the hijacking of a jetliner to Cuba will have to wait a little longer to find out whether the U.S. government will factor in the 13 years he served in prison on the communist island.

A defense attorney for William Potts Jr. on Thursday asked to delay sentencing after federal prosecutors filed last-minute classified documents.

Public defender Robert Berube told a federal judge he needs more time to respond since the law does not permit him to see the new filing. Potts’ sentencing was rescheduled for next Thursday.

Potts could face up to life in prison for the 1984 hijacking of a plane on way from New York to MIami. The 57-year-old returned to the U.S. last fall and pleaded guilty in May.

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