HAVANA?Cuba's Supreme Court on Monday commuted the death sentence of a second Salvadoran convicted of a string of Havana hotel bombings in 1997, which killed an Italian, to 30 years behind bars, said the official Cubadebate website.
The commutation of 52-year-old Otto Rene Rodriguez Llerena's sentence followed that of his accomplice, 39-year-old Ernesto Cruz Leon, on Friday.
Cruz and Rodriguez had been sentenced to death in 1999 for the hotel bombings allegedly ordered by Luis Posadas Carriles, a Cuban-born former CIA agent also wanted in Venezuela for bombing a Cuban airliner in 1976 who now lives in the United States.
The United States has so far turned down all extradition requests for Carriles.
A third Salvadoran charged with hiring Cruz and Rodriguez in the 1997 bombings, Francisco Chavez Abarca, was arrested in July in Venezuela and extradited to Cuba, where he is being tried.
President Raul Castro commuted several death sentences in 2008 and announced at the time that several other death row prisoners were under consideration for similar action.
Cuba's last execution took place in 2003, when three people faced the firing squad for hijacking a boat to flee to the United States.