Man who hijacked plane to Cuban wants to return to the US
In 1984, Potts hijacked a Piedmont Airlines passenger plane bound for Miami with 56 people aboard.A Black Panther and self-styled revolutionary, Potts dreamed of receiving military training in Cuba that he could use to overthrow the United States government.
The plane landed in Havana, but Potts did not get the welcome he expected from his fellow revolutionaries.After years of hijackings to the island, the Cubans put hijackers like him on trial.
"I thought I had won the case, and they gave me 15 years," Potts said, recalling his brief court proceedings in Cuba. "I didn't even know what 15 was in Spanish. And they said 'quince.' I said, what is 'quince?' and my translator said 15 years. And I said, '15 years for who?' And they said, '15 years for you.' "
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In 2009, Potts wrote President Barack Obama, requesting a pardon for the hijacking.Hearing nothing back, Potts then wrote the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami to ask whether a plea deal could be worked out to take into account the time he had served in Cuba."Fifteen years in a communist prison that's been cited for human rights violations, I have paid my debts to society," he said.Potts again got no reply, but his daughters were given U.S. citizenship and passports.Potts wanted to travel with them to the U.S. and in September said he offered to surrender and face the charges awaiting him in the United States.Nearly six months later, his daughters have been living with relatives in the U.S. since December, but he is still waiting for an answer.