MIAMI An American man wanted on firearms charges was brought back from Cuba on Tuesday, marking the first fugitive returned given that the two nations restored diplomatic ties this year, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
Shawn Wegmann, 38, of Indiana removed an electronic monitoring bracelet in October and attempted to enter Cuba on board a 13-foot Boston Whaler boat that was reported stolen from a Florida marina, according to officials.
Cuban authorities caught Wegmann and alerted U.S. law enforcement.
He was anticipated to be extradited to Iowa exactly where he had previously pleaded not guilty to three charges of getting a felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of possession of a stolen firearm, according to U.S. Marshals.
He is amongst Americans who sought protection in Cuba from U.S. prosecution in the decades when relations had been estranged amongst the two former Cold War adversaries.
Whilst Cuba has returned fugitives ahead of the normalization of relations amongst the two countries, U.S. authorities hope for additional cooperation.
(Editing by Letitia Stein and Lisa Shumaker)