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Prison Siege Sentence Upheld

May 7, 1986

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A Pennsylvania appeals court Wednesday upheld a sentence of 28 1/2 to 57 years given to an inmate for his part in a six-day hostage siege at a state prison three years ago.

Superior Court said Allegheny County Judge Ralph Cappy acted properly in imposing the maximum sentence against Richard Henkel, 48, for his conviction on charges of kidnapping, attempted escape, terroristic threats, aggravated assault and carrying a firearm without a license.

Henkel complained in an appeal that Cappy violated sentencing guidelines.

Another inmate, Louis Coviello, 29, of Scranton, was sentenced to five to 10 years for his guilty plea to five charges in connection with the foiled breakout attempt.

Henkel and Coviello took a prison guard and an administrator hostage and held them for six days in April 1983 before releasing the captives unharmed and surrendering.

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