Oscar López Rivera, the mastermind of Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN, placed more than 130 bombs throughout the United States, most concentrated in New York and Chicago.
Outgoing President Barack Obama, nonetheless, commuted López Rivera’s sentence, allowing him to be freed in May, despite his sentence still requiring him to serve 30 additional years.
A 1999 House report for the Committee on Government Reform revealed that the bombings, deemed terrorist attacks, killed at least five people and wounded dozens more, in addition to causing more than $3 million in property damage.
Nevertheless, CNN notes that “multiple groups, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and other elected officials lobbied the Obama administration for López Rivera’s release.”
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