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Puerto Rico militant sentenced in 1983 record heist is set free, arrives home

Norberto Gonzalez Claudio kisses his wife Elda Santiago in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Jan. 15, 2015.

Norberto Gonzalez Claudio kisses his wife Elda Santiago in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Jan. 15, 2015.

Supporters of Puerto Rican independence are welcoming the return of Norberto Gonzalez Claudio, who has completed a prison sentence for his role in a holdup in Connecticut carried out by Puerto Rican militants more than 30 years ago. 

It was the largest heist in U.S. history at the time. 

Reportedly $7.2 million dollars were stolen from a Wells Fargo truck, in Hartford, Connecticut, on Sept. 12 1983.

Gonzalez, 69, had eluded the FBI for decades until he was arrested in Puerto Rico in May 2011. 

He arrived Thursday in the U.S. territory just hours after he was released from a prison in central Florida. Some 150 supporters raised fists in the air and waved Puerto Rican flags as Gonzalez emerged from the airport.

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He pleaded guilty in June 2012 to charges including foreign transportation of stolen money and conspiracy to rob federally insured bank funds.

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