Cuba hijacker set for initial US court appearance after his return to face charges

A man who returned to the U.S. from Cuba almost 30 years after hijacking an airliner to Havana is set to make his first appearance in Miami federal court.

The FBI arrested 56-year-old William Potts shortly after his charter plane landed Wednesday at Miami International Airport. Potts is to appear before a federal magistrate judge Thursday afternoon, where the main business is likely to be appointing him an attorney.

Potts faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted of U.S. air piracy charges in the 1984 hijacking. He already served more than 13 years in Cuba for the same offense.

Potts says he decided to return home to face up to the U.S. charges. He says he hopes for credit for the time in Cuban prison.