(born September 19, 1952) is a member of Puerto Rico's independence movement and one of the longest-serving Puerto Rican political prisoner. He was convicted and sentenced to 78 years in a U.S. federal prison for seditious conspiracy - conspiring to use force against the lawful authority of the United States over Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Daily Sun. Political prisoner to be released. July 17, 2010. He served 30 years, being released on July 26, 2010.