Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Col. ''Mad Mike'' Hoare, famed leader of white mercenary operations in Africa for two decades, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for hijacking a jetliner to escape after a bungled coup in the Indian Ocean nation of Seychelles.
Supreme Court Judge Neville James gave Colonel Hoare, convicted of air piracy , two 10-year prison sentences to run concurrently. The judge also sentenced three of the colonel's men to five years in jail. Thirty-seven other mercenaries received sentences of between six months and 2 1/2 years.