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Another Cuban 5 spy getting release from US prison

Updated Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | 1:31 a.m.

MIAMI (AP) — Another member of the "Cuban Five" spy ring is getting his release from a U.S. prison after spending more than 15 years behind bars.

Bureau of Prisons records show 50-year-old Fernando Gonzalez — known to U.S. authorities as Ruben Campa — will finish his sentence Thursday at an Arizona prison. Miami federal prosecutors say Gonzalez will be deported to Cuba.

Gonzalez and four others were convicted in 2001 of spying on U.S. military installations in South Florida, Cuban exile groups and politicians opposed to Cuba's communist government. They're considered heroes in Cuba.

Cuban Five member Rene Gonzalez was released in 2011 and is now back in Cuba. The others have longer sentences, including one serving a life term for involvement in the 1996 shootdown of "Brothers to the Rescue" planes.