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GUILTY PLEA IN PUERTO RICO HIJACKING CASE

 GUILTY PLEA IN PUERTO RICO HIJACKING CASE
 BOSTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A former resident of Roxbury pleaded


guilty today to an indictment transferred from the District of Puerto Rico, charging her with aircraft piracy.
 U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Budd announced today that Cheryl Yvonne Worthy, age 35, formerly of 7 Mills St., Roxbury, appeared before U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf and entered a guilty plea to that indictment. As a basis for the Court's acceptance of the plea, the government informed the Court that Worthy hijacked a Capitol Airlines flight carrying 221 passengers and 10 crew members, which originating in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 12, l983. Prior to that day, Worthy purchased a plastic flare gun and flares in St. Thomas and brought those items to the airport in San Juan, where she took the gun apart and taped its parts to various areas of her body. After boarding the Capitol Airlines flight and while the airplane was traveling to Miami, Worthy went to a lavatory and reassembled the gun. Then she used the gun to confine several crew members and ordered that the aircraft be flown toHavana, Cuba. In Havana, Worthy was taken into custody by Cuban authorities, and all of the passengers and crew were removed from the plane. Later, the aircraft, its passengers and crew were permitted to travel to Miami.
 Worthy was imprisoned in Cuba for about 14 months, after which she was released and lived in Cuba until at least l986. Thereafter, Worthy traveled to Lusaka, Zambia where she lived until June, l990. She then traveled to South Africa, and while Worthy lived there authorities in Puerto Rico located her and began extradition proceedings. Before those proceedings could be completed, Worthy traveled to Boston, arriving on July 27, l99l. Worthy apparently believed that the case against her in the United States had been dismissed. After her arrival in Boston, she contacted the United States Central Intelligence Agency in Boston, seeking employment. The CIA notified agents of the FBI in Boston, and on Aug. 8, l99l an FBI agent, met with Worthy, posing as a CIA recruiter, and arrested her.
 Worthy faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years imprisonment. The government has informed the Court that it will recommend that Worthy be eligible for parole after serving four years of that sentence.
 The case was investigated by agents of the FBI in San Juan and Boston. It was prosecuted in Puerto Rico by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlos Perez, and it is being prosecuted in Massachusetts by Assistant U.S. Attorney R.J. Cinquegrana.
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 /CONTACT: Press Officer in the U.S. Attorney's Office, 617-223-9445/


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