FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WLFI) – A Clinton County man is the first fugitive to be returned to the United States from Cuba since diplomatic relations reopened.
Shawn Wegmann, of Kirklin, about 12 miles southeast of Frankfort, was walked out of the Ft. Lauderdale Airport in the custody of U.S. Marshals Tuesday. He’s expected to go before a federal judge in Miami Wednesday.
Wegmann is wanted on felony firearms charges in Iowa.
Officials say he removed his GPS ankle monitor in October when he was out on bond and living with his wife in Kirklin. They found the device attached to a van bumper in a Sam’s Club parking lot.
Investigators say Wegmann stole a boat from a marina in the Florida Keys and made it to Cuba on Oct. 31, where he was arrested by Cuban border guards.
“This is the first person turned over by the Cuban Government to the U.S. since the talks started,” said Amos Rojas Jr. of the U.S. Marshals Service. “Currently we have about 15 federal fugitives that are in Cuba.This is just the start, I hope.”
The U.S. was notified last month that he had been detained.
Wegmann faces three counts of felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of possession of a stolen firearm.