Former militant independence leader returns to Puerto Rico to finish out prison sentence

The former leader of a Puerto Rican militant group that has long fought for the island's independence has arrived home to finish serving a prison sentence.

Dozens of supporters greeted Avelino Gonzalez Claudio at the airport Thursday.

Gonzalez was arrested in Puerto Rico in 2008 for involvement in a $7 million robbery of a Wells Fargo armored depot in Connecticut in 1983. It was the biggest cash robbery in U.S. history at the time.

Gonzalez was sentenced in 2010 to seven years in prison.

For nearly two years he has been held at a federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky. Prison spokesman Brian Sparks says Gonzalez was cleared for placement in a residential re-entry center in Puerto Rico to help integrate him back into society.