US court trims conviction in Cuba player smuggling



ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has reversed some of the convictions against a professional sports agent who was sentenced to prison for smuggling five Cuban baseball players into the U.S.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed Gustavo “Gus” Dominguez’s conviction on charges of transporting and harboring aliens. But the three-judge panel’s decision let stand his convictions on smuggling charges.

Dominguez was sentenced to five years in prison after he was convicted in April 2007 of paying the players to be smuggled by boat from Cuba in 2004. His attorneys said he was dedicated to helping oppressed Cuban athletes, but prosecutors said he went too far.

Defense attorney Ben Kuehne said Dominguez, who was released from prison this year for good behavior, is thrilled with the decision.